3D and reproduction thread

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  1. Xavi3r

    Xavi3r Active Member

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    hi,

    it might be a good idea ( and it did not know what title to give to this thread ) to have a space to give or to gather files with 3D parts and reproduction files ( gaskets for exemple ) we have to make in order to get a new or to repair old parts.

    being confined at home i started to reproduce part I needed and i think it can be a good idea to share files. I started with the headlight motor gear : I did the 3D and a guy printed it and it is perfect. I tested it and it fit perfectly.


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    i choose not to reproduce the large theeth of the gear. i think that it may contribue to broke it. ( if the internal shut down system does not work the motor continue to roll but not the gear, i am thinking of an external system. )

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    I am starting wotking on the seat switch

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  2. Xavi3r

    Xavi3r Active Member

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    to have an idea , I am a total beginer with this stuff. i started to check on that because i have time and first, i asked to someone else to reproduce the gear but he stopped to answer me so i thought he was not gonna do it. I started do do it by myself and he just had to print it.

    first try took me 7h for the gear, and it was not perfect. the next day (after watching youtube exercices ) the final version took me 1 hour.

    For the seat swith it is another thing.. being beginner i am struggeling :D
    i'm at 20 hours on it now.. and have some problems to solve : )
     
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    3175375 Well-Known Member FCBO Gold Member

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    You may be stepping into a goldmine, snake pit or both. I like it!
     
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    Great idea! I like it!
     
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    Zymurgy Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Nicely done. Good luck on the next project. We have to keep trying to do things for our c-bodies on a small scale, because there isn't enough profit for the big outfits to take them on.

    Don't get discouraged by any set backs, I've had plenty of scratch your head moments. Sometimes you have to completely abandon a project, but generally a failure every once in a while, leads you in the right direction for success.
     
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    Samplingman Senior Member

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    Great, now 3D print some C body quarter panels and floors!
     
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    Looks perfect! What 3D software you are using?
    I'm working with Solidworks and I had same idea doing that gear for my -69 Imp.
    It's funny working with 3D programs , you start working and then you have new idea and after that another one, and then you realize that you have been working 5-6 hours!
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    Mika
     
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    Better than video games!
     
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    I am using Fusion 360. it is quite easy of use and free.
     
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    Xavi3r Active Member

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    yeah i wish i could do that !
    i know that some company does replica of sheet metal. it would be awsome that we could do copy of fenders and floors.. i found one in thailand but I can't find the website anymore.
     
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    I have done some 3D experimenting in the past to reproduce small parts. The issue I found at that time was the print media. The material available at the time did not produce a very strong part. The very nature of the printing process created a “layered” effect that couldn’t handle much stress. Have improvements been made in media in the last five years?
    Found 3D modeling to be best for modeling prototype work and master modeling to create molds from.
    I’ll ad that I’m talking an affordable home printer.
     
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    That is just awesome! Got a friend who printed labels already but nothing more complicated. Looking for a gear actually for my 71 Sport Fury. Would it be somehow possible to buy a repo one that you printed?

    Keep the great work!
     
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    I'm interested in this too and have made a few attempts in understanding the process and then tech changes and messes me up. I would love an overview of how its done. Printers are getting cheaper Now below $200 for small ones. And to my surprise there are many public printing shops where you just pay for time and supplies and they have the printers. Of course you need to bring the files so that's where I'm going to contrate. I get creating 3D drawing in a CAD type program but what about visual scanning? Like a complex shape like a semi hollow hinge cover, or...a washer bottle. But that s so big. On the other hand I have seen giant "printers" set up on scaffolding that use smooth cement as the media and "print" entire houses. (small ones).

    And just when I start to commit to this tech I see old tech like molds and resin casting and think that requires less skill and $$ but not as scalable.
     
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    I’m still waiting for an affordable quality scanner before I get into 3D printing.
    Last time I’ve looked at affordable scanners they either were not very precise or had size limitations for my particular uses.
     
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    If you are just like me just after a gear they are on ebay for like 50$.
     
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    So pretty easy to find free scanning and software using your phone. If you can scan for free and rent time at local workshop...then I guess I have try.
     
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