3D Printing Parts

zhenya2002

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Out of curiosity, has anyone tried 3D printing those hard to find plastic parts that crumble from old age? A friend of mine was playing with a 3D printer for other purposes, so I started thinking about applying that to cars. I know it would require either scanning in existing parts (if there's a high quality scanner) available or recreating them from scratch in a CAD program. Any thoughts on this?
 
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I do exactly this to supplement my car habit. See here: http://www.supramania.com/forum/threads/3d-printed-supra-parts.233619/ and here: https://store.yotamd.com/collections/mk3-supra-parts

I've got a Markforged Onyx Pro printer and can do near-aluminum strength parts out of chopped carbon fiber and fiberglass. If someone had a Form2 or Form 3 from Formlabs, they could do some of the smaller clips better than I can, though with low strength and some UV stability concerns. I should be able to do most things smaller than 12x6x6. Cost to print is directly related to size.

I've debated buying a 3D scanner, but haven't yet. Really good ones are still $3k+ and even then I'm not totally sold on the tech yet. I'm good with CAD so drafting from scratch isn't too bad unless it's a very organic shape with complex curves.

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zhenya2002

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Oh man, that's awesome! I'll definitely have to go read through those threads! Thanks for the info.
 

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You need to make some small door vents that are on top of the door panels. Those things break when you try to remove them and they're hard to find not cracked.