The Lorain

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The Lorain by MakerBot Nov 21, 2012
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The Sears Modern Homes where kit home sold by Sears, Roebuck and Company between 1909 and 1940. Innovative in their time, over 70,000 were sold.

The Kits included everything needed to finish the home, from lumber to electrical fittings. Sears Homes can still be found in cities and towns across the United States. They stand in testament to their quality, and the people who assembled them.

The Lorain

1933 Catalog

Modern Home #3281

List Price (in 1933): $1,287 to $1,845

1:64 scale

Modeled by Michael Curry based on original the listing from the Sears & Roebuck Modern Homes Catalog


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Sorry about the split comment ... I went to Makerware to get a photo. I also downloaded the file again. My issue is with the first floor. When I load it into Makerware it looks normal all around. When I Preview the export, the side with 4 windows and part of the rear is missing the bottom 1/4 or so -- just above the floor! I have tried this both in the original size and in the 40% size that I want. I have a screen capture of the preview if you would like to see what I saw. My machine is a recent Replicator 2X, and it printed both of the other houses without issue. Any suggestions?
If you want to see the screen capture, email or send a location to upload it.

I was having this issue too with my Dremel Idea Builder. Because the author included the original sketchup file I was able to resolve it. There was some funky modelling going on at the bottom of the stair.

I'm finishing up the first floor print today. If everything goes as planned, I'll be posting my remixed files for this with a few changes. (like a notch in the 2nd floor roof so it doesn't conflict with the chimney)

I love the houses and have printed both the Puritan and the Rodessa at 40% for N-scale (1:160)
I have a very strange problem with the Lorain.

I am trying to print this at 50%, evertything works fine, except that from the 4 pillars at least 2 will fall over during the end, when the pillars become quite tall. I tried different settings, eg. layer height, temperature (ABS, initially 240C, then tried it at as low as 220), still randomly two pillars will fall over. Any suggestions? :) Maybe I will try with lower speed, but then I am worried that the overhangs will become worse...

I didn't have any trouble bridging the windows with my rep 2 and, yes, the windows print separately. Be prepared for some time. The first layer alone took me 6.5 hours in medium. I switched to the low setting for the rest but the second layer still took 4.5 hours. Looks great though!

Nice! Will my replicator have trouble bridging over the top of the windows? And wee the window grilles printed separately?

Only Sears houses? What about the Leisurama? Greatest named, worst executed house project ever! Sears did do a much better job in the catalog house industry.