3D Printed Parts for Interior Parts

Mopar Interiors

  1. MuuMuu101

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    Just making a thread to show how 3D printed parts can be used for our old cars. Feel free to post your ideas, creations, or solutions.

    I made a little something for the Dart. My inner door handles were cracked, worn, and my arm cushion was falling apart. I took some measurement, worked some CAD, and printed this out. I need to test fit it on Friday to see if my measurements were correct. If it fits, I should be able to sand and paint it and it would be ready to go.

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      Way to go. Great idea for hard to find parts. Once you have program you could make more easily, right?
       
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      What CAD software are you using?
       
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      So, I already have a program for this specific part and can print this specific configuration. I should be able to mirror it for the other side. This print used a very thick layer to reduce time but unfortunately decreases surface finish. But, since my print bed isn't large enough, I had to print it at a 45 degree angle to fit on the bed platform. Because of that, it used way more material and about 30+ hours to print. With a larger 3D printer, it would be a way nicer part.

      It's an Ultimaker software called "Cura."
       
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        Test fitted my 3D printed handles. They need some work. I had to do some grinding to make some clearances but I need to redesign the handle.

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          Cool deal Muu.
          3D print times can be looooooong. All the infilling...argh.
          Still, to watch it build layer on layer, rising up from the printbed...cool...
          I use a version of autodesk... iirc.
           
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            After I got this 3D printer, I forgot how long it can take. But sometimes if you print your parts in certain orientations or are able to be more efficient with supports you can speed things up and use less material.

            I use Autodesk Inventor for my modeling at home.I'm mostly familiar to Solidworks and it's the closest. I haven't had time to redesign the handles. I might have some time this Friday.
             
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            • Stephen Hotz

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              We are about to upgrade our printer from the cheapie that we have to one my brother spec'ed out. Should do finer finishes. I am wanting to print plugs for casting molds
               
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                I've often thought that a person could make a fortune 3D printing plastic trim clips. It always seems that some of the real goofy ones are never available.
                 
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                • pishta

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                  Sam made me a part, great guy! A tiny gear that I sent a file for. Turned out a ~thou big but I added a little heat and cycled the gear train and it settled right in! 3D printing is a powerful tool but you need to spec the proper filament for whatever your building. They got low melt PLA that can be set in plaster and then burned out , ie. lost wax (lost PLA) method to be backfilled with molten AL.... AL Casters unite! Now get out there and cast your own Weber 3X2 slant intake!
                   
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                  Can you 3D print the door “ duster “ emblem? And modify?
                  Make them say “440 Duster “
                  wanted to make some something like this for a friend.

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                    This is an interesting solution to a problem plauging all of us. If anyone were selling 3d printed dash bezzles id be more than willing to buy them. Im having an issue where i buy a decent gauge cluster bezzle and cut it up to put my gauges in or try my best to scour for a shoddy one. i really dont like the idea of cutting up original parts. But a purposely made peice for less than what speed hut or autometer wants would be perfect.
                     
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                      Cool. Can you give an idea on printing costs?
                      I need someone with a giant 3d printer to make a tailpanel for a 69 Dart :lol:
                       
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                        Real talk. if it were cut into three sepreate peices and all printed seperately all youd need is some of that brush on plastic glue that model car builders use and an afternnon to sand it up and make it look right. its funny now but in 30 years when there aint any parts left i bet you tons of people will be doing it.
                         
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                        I believe it. I bet in 10 years we'll see amazing stuff. We live in interesting times.
                         
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                        • MuuMuu101

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                          At the very least, I would need a drawing with all the dimensions and I could try modeling something up.
                           
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                          A 1 kg roll of PLA cost about $20 on the low end. For example, that handle I designed cost about $6 to print. If I had a larger 3D printer, like a Creality CR-10, I could have oriented the part to use less supports and it would have been cheaper and quicker to print.
                           
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                            I was thinking about using a similar technique to make my dash bezel for my universal Intellitronix gauge panel. I kind of wish I had a little bit larger of a 3D printer.
                             
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                            That would be fun to experiment with 3D Printing and make parts and whatever . .

                            They talk about some of these Space Missions to send along 3D Printers so they can make their own parts when there are out in the middle of nowhere.
                             
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                            Printing it in a solid peice may be difficult but designing it in two seperate peices is probably a better idea. I would design tabs that fit into eachother to make fastening the two peices together easier. Of course the challenge is making the shape and orientation of the separate peices work. Also im not entire sure how the service works but if you upload a design to shapeways im pretty sure other people can print it out for you.
                             
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                            That was my plan. I just have been lacking time for modeling. I am currently remodeling the handles.
                             
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                            Very much looking forward to seeing the redesigned handles and the gauge bezzel when you get around to it. Once i get a new PC ill look into modeling. Theres alot of potential in 3d printing. :thumbsup:
                             
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                              So, I really haven't had much time to think about or work on the Dart. I've been doing some extra time at work and preparing for the future. I redesigned and printed a new handle a couple of weeks ago. I was able to change its dimensions so that I could reduce the print time and increase the surface finish. It also feels much stronger and if I wanted to print it with a higher resolution it should be better. I did make it a little taller and added a cover to hide the springs on the door handle, and hopefully it clears. I also added a couple counterbores on the flat side; however, they didn't come out. That's why there are just 2 circles and me trying to remove supports.

                              Whenever I get to my mom's house, next, I'll try this handle on. Otherwise, I still need more dimensions for the new instrument panel I have.

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                              More printed components!!!

                              With about a day of designing, 3 days of printing, and $10 in material I might finally have a design for my dash cluster. I had to print it out in 4 pieces because I didn't have enough room in my build volume. I'm very happy with the side pieces. The top piece, I may reprint in a different orientation. The fit isn't amazing, due to the tolerances of the printer though. It seems like it's going to be a pain to glue together. I might end up 3D printing braces to hold everything together while gluing, so it doesn't move around too much.

                              Besides, that, I'm pretty happy with the look. I think the gauge cluster looks pretty cool. It came with a plexiglass cover which I can't use because it is too big for the opening. I'm not sure if I want to leave the electronics exposed or if I want to get a thin piece of plexiglass and glue it into the printed housing. I added a channel that goes all the way around the perimeter of the printed housing.

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