The West German post-war MAN 630 5-ton truck, nicknamed ‘Emma’, was introduced in 1958. A cargo variant of this truck is already available (L2AE version), as well as a shelter body version. This model is of the shortened chassis tipper truck that was widely used by German engineer units for earth moving duties.
A number of options are provided in this model set. It represents the short-chassis L2AE tipper in its with-winch configuration. Two designs are provided, a first for integrated printing using an SLS resin printer, and a second, disassembled version for FDM printers. These are made available in separate zip files.
Two SLS files are provided, one with an optimised chassis, and a second with a strengthened version of the chassis (stronger axles and chassis members) to represent this rugged vehicle.
The disassembled versions for FDM printing comprises of the following parts:
- The main chassis, in both higher-accuracy and reinforced versions (two designs). This chassis can also be used as the basis for other short-chassis MAN630 vehicle models.
- The wheels (front and rear). These can be printed simultaneously, but removal of supports in the central area that interfaces with the chassis axles can be tricky. The alternative is to print with no supports, but this may need to be done one wheel at a time. A separate spare wheel is provided, which can be glued to the centre of the chassis.
- The cab, in two variants. The first is designed for printing vertically, the second with a separate roof for horizontal printing. Neither is ideal, but this is a limitation of the FDM printing process. The wing mirrors are fully supported, but may well break during removal of supports. The mirrors can be replaced using super glue or rapid-setting epoxy.
- The tipper body with under body storage. The floor and sides are somewhat over-scale to give some strength to the overall model.
The product is offered for personal, non-commercial use under the Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).
The model files were generated on Microsoft 3DBuilder, and run through ideaMaker to reduce or eliminate the number of non-manifold or wrongly oriented faces before posting. The designs have been optimised for 1:100 scale (or larger) printing, but are unlikely to work well at smaller scales e.g. N-gauge, and almost certainly will not print properly at 1:200 scale.