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3D Printer

Discussion in 'Anything and everything' started by Russell, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. Russell

    Russell
    Z Club Member

    I have always wanted one so bought the cheapest kit I could find from China. It was about £70 and just wanted one to tinker with and hopefully make some parts for my hybrid Z.

    It arrived and I spent a few evenings building and configuring it. Printed a whistle and a few other bits. Its currently busy printing some parts to upgrade itself and I'm really pleased with it so far.

    Does anyone have the badge that goes into the recess in the dash handy with a ruler? Going to have a mess around with cad and that would be an easy design.
    Just need the dimensions and hoping someone happens to be bored on Sunday and can have a measure for me.
     
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  2. Russell

    Russell
    Z Club Member

    Here are my first efforts

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    Tried to open a beer with the bottle opener. It snapped...


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  3. Jimbo

    Jimbo 1978 260z in yellow

    thats the only problem with 3d printing, its just not very strong.
    but for making non structural stuff and models they're awesome.
    have a play with the settings too as i found changing the layering in the slicing software helps boost the strength of the item your making by changing the direction of print.
     
  4. Woody928

    Woody928
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    This is cool, I'll be curious to see what you come up with! I've seen several people starting to print interior trim pieces for cars etc...

    Not quite Rolls Royce level with their titanium 3D printer but I think they'll be out of reach for a long time :rofl:
     
  5. Russell

    Russell
    Z Club Member

    Could print parts then cover in leather or vinyl. I’m going to make the inside structure of my speedo with it so it bolts together and the screens line up perfectly.


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  6. Paul_S

    Paul_S
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    I'm really interested in this too. I had no idea 3D printers had come down so much in price (I appreciate quality varies). Out of interest, how many pieces did your printer come in?! A couple of years ago a friend of mine bought a kit and had to assemble circuit boards!
     
  7. moggy240

    moggy240 INSURANCE VALUATIONS OFFICER Committee Member

    That's really cool, can't wait to see some Zed parts
     
  8. Paul_S

    Paul_S
    Z Club Member

    Out of interest, how long did it take to print something like the whistle or bottle opener?
     
  9. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Fascinating stuff ... technology has come in so much. Even just a few years ago this was fantasy land, surely ...
     
  10. Ped

    Ped
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    That's excellent! Good effort. I fancied printing some headrest seat belt guides. The main thing holding me back was the 3D printing bureau needed a CAD file to work from. Other issue was the size limitation of how wide an item they can print in one piece. They would have had to make it in 2 parts. Gave up in the end after managing to source some from the States. I really think this will be the way forward for replacing interior trim items. The technology is going to get better and cheaper.
     
  11. AliK

    AliK
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    And to your point, eventually body panels and NLA items.
     
  12. Russell

    Russell
    Z Club Member

    It came in many... many pieces.

    Not for the faint of heart but I'm reasonably handy. Took a few evenings in front of the TV but I'm fairly good at building things anyway.
     
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  13. Russell

    Russell
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    Mine isn't huge so can print 220mm x 220mm x 240mm. Would take about 6 weeks to print something that large though!
     
  14. AliK

    AliK
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    Are you able to scan stuff?

    Would love to see someone produce indicator lenses or engine inspection lamp lense etc
     
  15. Russell

    Russell
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    I don’t have scanning equipment but someone has already modelled the entire inspection lamp including lense so can be printed.


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  16. franky

    franky
    Z Club Member

    can you do some Dizzy caps for Ali to add to his collection?
     
  17. AliK

    AliK
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    When will the comedic genius end!? But while you are about it, I have 4 dizzies of 3 different types :p
     
  18. franky

    franky
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    :)
     

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