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    So I conned work into buying a 3D printer, We run a company that makes, fills and packs household cleaners and skincare ect ect.
    I look after all our machinery and its been awesome, making brackets, tooling and spares.

    I'm still working my way through CAD and design but the applications for my 205 build are exciting, prints can be incredibly light and strong, as i can print in hollow honeycomb patterns so for interior bits, mounts, clips and so on.

    Ill be drawing up a rear view mirror bracket to fit to my cage for example.
    even things like this - Stackable Fuseholder by sk8rjess - Thingiverse

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    Has anyone here played around with this before?

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    Sounds very interesting and I look forward to more posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Codman View Post
    So I conned work into buying a 3D printer, We run a company that makes, fills and packs household cleaners and skincare ect ect.
    I look after all our machinery and its been awesome, making brackets, tooling and spares.

    I'm still working my way through CAD and design but the applications for my 205 build are exciting, prints can be incredibly light and strong, as i can print in hollow honeycomb patterns so for interior bits, mounts, clips and so on.

    Ill be drawing up a rear view mirror bracket to fit to my cage for example.
    even things like this - Stackable Fuseholder by sk8rjess - Thingiverse

    Has anyone here played around with this before?
    The concept is interesting. And for specialist, unavailable parts very useful.
    But at the same time, there is no need to reinvent what are already standard parts
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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    The concept is interesting. And for specialist, unavailable parts very useful.
    But at the same time, there is no need to reinvent what are already standard parts
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    Agreed, however, if you wanted to keep it modular, unsure how many you might need, and, can download the file free and print when desired using maybe 5 cents of plastic.

    But yes the value is in specific bespoke parts

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    For instance, I needed a fixing method for a coding printer head -
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    Quote Originally Posted by Codman View Post
    But yes the value is in specific bespoke parts
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    There is an AF member, in UK , Who I believe is custom printing unobtainable Citroen bit and bobs.Some of them are quite large, printed in two pieces and glued together.

    There is a thread in the AF citroen forum about his endeavors and the results. Although I haven't seen any recent updates.

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    Don't worry about individual components

    They have 3D printed a car in 44 hrs

    Futuristic 3D printed car took 44 hours to complete | Daily Mail Online

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    Print me an entire series 1 dashboard please

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    A member of AF uses a 3D printer daily for making patterns for castings in a foundry. It's revolutionized the industry and killed the pattern making trade. Just google & download whatever STL file you want and push go. I've got five at work now. Awesome gizmos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    The concept is interesting. And for specialist, unavailable parts very useful.
    But at the same time, there is no need to reinvent what are already standard parts
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    I certainly agree with the specialist part usefulness but that 3D printed fuseholder is a great piece of work.
    Stackable to create a fuseblock, easy to mount securely, and not to mention, standard crimp connections (having to solder and insulate every time is neither practical or suitable)
    When i was fitting 12V equip to a vast array of driven machines, these things would have been very handy indeed.

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    I am going to print abs blocks to assist mounting the oil cooler on the lower rad support bracket on my 205, watch this space.

    Some bolts to assemble / bind them both sides to allow oil cooler to be bolted up through front block and supported on fan asssembly on top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew View Post
    I am going to print abs blocks to assist mounting the oil cooler on the lower rad support bracket on my 205, watch this space.

    Some bolts to assemble / bind them both sides to allow oil cooler to be bolted up through front block and supported on fan asssembly on top.
    Or just go to an industrial supplier and get 'off the shelf' mounting brackets.
    Don't over think the answer, use what's already available. Bespoke parts are a curse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterT View Post
    A member of AF uses a 3D printer daily for making patterns for castings in a foundry. It's revolutionized the industry and killed the pattern making trade. Just google & download whatever STL file you want and push go. I've got five at work now. Awesome gizmos.
    For some prototype parts they dont even print the pattern anymore they just go straight to printing the sand mould! Printing is only as good as the cad files though so there is alot of pattern makers learning cad!

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    Carpet clips. The world needs carpet clips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluey504 View Post
    Or just go to an industrial supplier and get 'off the shelf' mounting brackets.
    Don't over think the answer, use what's already available. Bespoke parts are a curse.
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    I see even Officeworks sell a number of 3D printers now. Uses limited only by imagination and technique.


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    is there a limit to the size you can print with the normal off the shelf 3d printer as I'm unable to get a new pair of kick panels for my xy falcon with factory air conditioning and I priced getting fibre glass moulds made and then getting reproductions made and it was going to cost about $1500.
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    Typically 200x200 or 300x300 on the bed and about 150 to 200mm height.
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    Does anyone know anyone who could do some design on a freelance basis? I've got a couple of parts I'd love to make for my project car but don't have the skills to do the design...


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    could be arranged, son doing 3rd year engineering making brilliant copy of a nintendo gameboy cover, vastly impressed with his auto cad work and a 3D printer on hand. I am amazed at the level of intricacy and design he has achieved and having done it in school he is a wizz at it.

    Oh and one good turn (battery distribution bracket) deserves another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter J Kent View Post
    is there a limit to the size you can print with the normal off the shelf 3d printer as I'm unable to get a new pair of kick panels for my xy falcon with factory air conditioning and I priced getting fibre glass moulds made and then getting reproductions made and it was going to cost about $1500.
    You can get quotes on-line, from all over the world. For example, I had a quote of $400 delivered (from the UK) for a front air dam, after I'd uploaded the STL file.

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    is it possible to scan my kick panels and make the repairs that are needed on a computer before printing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter J Kent View Post
    is it possible to scan my kick panels and make the repairs that are needed on a computer before printing?
    It is possible but scan data can take alot of cleaning up to make a nice watertight part and It becomes expensive. You would be better off modelling it from scratch unless it has alot of freeform surfaces.
    Id imagine most older parts can be done using CAD easily as originally they were made by hand so the designs are basic.

    The best device ive used which is great for reverse engineering is a measureing arm. You can probe a part and get very accurate data which you can then use to create a replica. it can even average planes or holes that may be distorted.

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