3D printing anyone?

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  1. 8pack

    8pack Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I have a 5th Gen console in my car and have made a mock up of a 3 gauge cluster to fit in the front "console tray". I have done some searching but am looking to see if anyone on here does any 3D printing. I would send you the mock up.

    This would work for anyone with a 5th Gen manual console in their 2nd Gen car. Not sure about automatic but I don't see why not.

    The nub on the back is a wad of epoxy putty with a tang on the bottom that locks the bottom in place in the console tray as it is basically a mold to fit the square hole in the bottom of it. That would need to be printed so it looked a little cleaner and not like the wad of epoxy that it is!

    The part is 7 7/8" wide and I know it will only fit on printers of a certain size or larger.

    Here is the link to the pics in my build thread, post #530

    http://nastyz28.com/threads/1978-z28-seee-ya.276139/page-53#post-3731872

    Thanks!
     
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    CDesperado Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Ive been doing a lot of 3-D Printing lately. I will take a look. The max width on my printer is 9" so the size wont be an issue I dont think. PM Sent
     
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    How does 3D printing work? Can new 70 only windshield eyebrows be made by sample?
     
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    CDesperado Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Do you have detailed pics of the eyebrows? If you are referring to these... then yes, I could probably re-create them. It would be tricky though, if they are as thin as the ones on my 78. There are also some strange twists/curves in the plastic, but it's do-able (but difficult, maybe). I'd need to see better pics.
    http://nastyz28.com/threads/molding-availability-for-1970.321221/

    In simple terms, you create your model using 3D printing software to create an STL or OBJ file (or something similar). Then you use a different program called a Slicer, which converts the STL file into something that the printer can interpret. The 3D printer uses plastic on a spool (like fishing string) and it builds the objects in layers. You can print the object in a variety of colors. When it's done, you peel away the support material and are left with an object that can be used as-is. Or, in my case, I am adding some filler (like Bondo) to smooth out the object and make it look more professional. Or you can cover it in vinyl, etc.

    Here are a couple examples of things I am working on. The first is a custom bezel for a Third brakelight that will mount up high on the rear window and the second is a cover for the front seat belt post. I've made a bunch of other things, I just havent posted them yet because I am waiting to pick up (what I hope are) the final designs within the next day or two. For example,
    • Cover for Rear seatbelt retractor
    • Cover for the Front Seatbelt post
    • A bezel for my radar detector
    • Bezels for my Seat Heater buttons
    • Gas cap holder
    • A small storage box that sits inside the center console
    • A custom partition piece that sits inside the glovebox
    • A custom carrier for SAE and Metric deep sockets
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