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Anyone experiment with 3D printing?

maxpayne Feb 3, 2018

  1. maxpayne

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    Could be really interesting for few bits in the car.

    Personally I’m interested in creating a double DIN facia for aftermarket head unit and big brake style caliper covers that fit properly and look the part.

    Does Audi publish the CAD diagrams for the car components? Any forum where people discuss/reverse engineer designs?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. ch1z64

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    One off the members on here used the 3D printing to build block for yout armrest so you could use the part where the hinge comes down as a small compartment amd i have to say lools cool . I know it only answers part off your question as to the other part i have no idea
     
  4. chris11122

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    3d printing is great, although I haven't done any car related printing yet I can highly recommend MI's Hub on 3dhubs.com.
    That is unless you have or have access to your own 3d printer!?
    Design is the hardest part, getting structures to be rigid can be tricky.
     
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    Hi Chris,

    That was very helpful. I know now there’s a good 3D printer in north London.

    Now to design the caliper cover. I’m a software guy by profession but designing things in CAD would be new territory for me, especially when curves are involved haha.

    Now to look for the front and rear caliper dimensions/schematics online.
     
  6. ch1z64

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    Would be interested in the calpier covers
     
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    3d printing is cool.
    If you got cad knowledge and time you can design almost everything then make the prototype or even functional part.
    Reverse engineering is time consuming if you don't have 3d scanner and those things are very expensive (i spend lots of the time figuring out how to measure some important dimensions).
    To be honest i'm not really a fan of putting something like that on the brakes as the parts might be dealing with lots of heat.
    There are probably plenty 2din frame options on the market so don't really know if it's worth doing it but if you're looking at something different i'm pretty sure it could be done once you get the dimensions and mouting points.
     
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    Agree with you on all points. I was thinking of using ASA filament which is good for outdoor use. Brake calipers in theory doesn’t actually get very hot to be honest.

    But looking at the price of the filament itself I suspect that the cost will end up being a bit impractical for one (or two off as Chaz is also interested) project.

    Found the fabulous thingiverse.com while researching. There are a few brake and facia designs there already so not a bad place to start?
     
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    Thingiverse is great and i also found grabcad which is similar.
    Do you own a 3d printer?
     
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    I don’t sadly
     
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    Damn.
    Would love one so i can do some stuff.
     
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  13. aqibi2000

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    Double din facia is about £7

    I’ve modified and printed a nexus 7 mount for the A3 on Thingiverss and worked ok. Has the correct sizes etc so just edit that stl
     

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    Brake calliper cover is a waste of time considering the temperatures the brakes reach. Abs melts at 200+ yet goes malleable just over 100 C
     
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    Ouch. In that case CNC printing then. Just kidding. That will be a fortune!
     
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    hahahaha its being used for tattoos now! LOL
     
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    Thought this would help because I followed the video and it was better then other videos encourage you to bend the hinges in and risking you to snap the hinges!
    I was searching ages for a tutorial video and I think this covers everything.
     
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