Bottom line is that barring some sort of miracle-- like a breakthrough in plastics manufacturing, the OLD monorail system is dead, never to return. The production process is too expensive to be worth it.Back when the original monorails came out, weren't all Lego bricks made in Denmark? Now, from my understanding, Lego has manufacturing plants all around the world. Am I wrong? Why couldn't they just source the monorail track from China? I mean I'd rather it be made in Denmark but if cost is a factor in whether or not they produce a set then why not.
Bottom line is that barring some sort of miracle-- like a breakthrough in plastics manufacturing, the OLD monorail system is dead, never to return. The production process is too expensive to be worth it.
As for davee123's dream option of raising $2,000,000 dollars for 20 molds to resurrect the old monorail parts, this is seriously underestimating mold costs at the precision required for LEGO elements.
Plus, for use in toys, plastic needs to be safety tested for the chemical composition of each colour and potential inpact damage from each shape so you might end up using all of it on just that!
Then don't forget the motors will require tooling for the internal parts and also would need to be tested for safety and longevity (1,000 hour tests in the US, Europe and other markets). There are good reasons why monorails lost money and good reasons that even well selling motorized trains are only borderline profitable.
I do think in 10-ish years time the market in home rapid prototype machines might be getting close to the right level to do this,
...or the two terrible monorails in the simpsons.
The rapid prototyping machine I have seen scans an object and then literally creates an exact copy by building it layer by layer until it is complete. So it's an exact copy of the original. There is no maching per se. The demo I saw made a working, functional copy of a monkey wrench.
I'm quite impressed, actually. I've been looking everywhere for Philip Parker's "2007-2012 World Outlook for New Motor Vehicle Rack and Pinion Steering Gears", and at £755.25 it's a bargain read.
As a noob I'm not sure this is fair, I think it has a bit more to do with your personality than how long you've been a forum member!
Then again, I've often wondered what tricks companies, like those that produce MegaBlocks and the like, perform in order to escape copyright action from TLG.
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