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Rapido's 3D Scan Party in Portland, OR

Rapido's 3D Scan Party in Portland, OR

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Scanning an RDC in 2014

We will be performing a 3D scan for our latest model announcement and you are invited! This will be our first ever American 3D Scan Party. Come join us and see the new product announcement in person!

Date: Sunday October 27th, 2019

Location: Oregon Rail Heritage Center, Portland, Oregon

Time: Noon - 5 p.m.

Admission: Free!

We'll have munchies for you to enjoy, as well as free lunch for anyone who RSVPs with us by October 21st.

Dan Darnell, Bill, Jordan and Craig will be on hand to answer questions and show off a selection of Rapido products. It's going to be a blast!



What is a 3D Scan?

A 3D scan is a method of capturing the exact shape of a train or bus (or other thing, but we don't care about those). By bouncing a laser off the train millions of times we get a "point cloud" 3D image of the prototype which our engineers can then trace in their design software to ensure the shape of the model is 100% bang on accurate.

3D Scans are absolutely needed when the train or bus has a lot of curves, as these are very hard to recreate accurately without highly detailed construction blueprints. To date we have done 3D scans for many of our projects, most notably the RDC, the FPA-4/FA-2, the New Look bus, the Birmingham bus, and the British Rail APT-E train.


Having fun at the 3D Scan Party for our Birmingham Bus model back in 2017...


Compare the nose of our FA-2 (left) with another manufacturer's FA-2 (right). Note how ours is much more angular and the front is much flatter, with a noticeable crease in the door. Our model was created using a 3D scan. The other was made from published 2D drawings. When it comes to recreating complex curves, a 3D scan is often the only way to get it right.

At our 3D Scan Party, you'll be the first to hear about our new announcement, you'll learn all about the 3D scan process and you'll get a chance to talk to the team about our new products and plans for the future. It's also a fun day with your fellow model railroaders at a beautiful train museum! What's not to like?

To RSVP, click here to use our contact form. Enter "I'm coming" for the subject. If you are part of a group, let us know the names of everyone that is coming. We don't want anyone to miss the free lunch!

We look forward to seeing you on October 27th!


Rapido nose made using a 3D scan vs. another nose made from 2D drawings.

There are numerous noticeable differences.

Show Date: 
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 10:00


Rapido Trains Inc. is a high-end manufacturer of model trains and accessories in HO, OO and N (North American 1:160 and British 1:148) scales. Our aim is to recreate the entire rail travel experience, from fully-detailed interiors and underframe equipment on our trains to fully-wired telephone poles for your model railroad.