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    3D Printing for My Day Job

    First off I just want to say I have one of the coolest day jobs on this or any planet. I build, tune, and test custom high powered corvettes every day. Our website: http://www.corvette-performance-expert.com/ . For me 3D printing is a new path to making parts for the stuff I build. This legendary vehicle I built before I discovered 3D printing: https://www.superchargerforums.com/t...ring-gto.3135/ . I sometimes reflect on that job and think on how it could have been even better if I had this ability at the start of that job. So now that I have 4 heavily modified printers and the means to be serious about taking on big projects with 3D printing. I wanted to share some early examples of applying this to my automotive trade.

    We are primarily a restoration shop. And as such the 3rd generation(C3) of corvette (1968-1982) is our biggest customers and also our bread and butter. At any given time in our shop is at least 1 c3 corvette with the body off. Air Conditioning was a big problem with these cars as it was an afterthought. These cars were made for performance not creature comforts. So we are a vintage air dealer and installer as it is the most functional a/c upgrade option for these cars. However the 1978-82 cars had a slight variation in the dash design that made these kits not compatible with those years. The control head mounting was one problem. So I came up with a design that would use a universal vintage air control head..







    And of course it is a perfect fit..



    Last edited by AutoWiz; 07-16-2017 at 10:42 AM.

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    I drive a 2000 Corvette and I have modified the dash to house a double din android head unit and have made what appears to be quite the abortion opening up the hole from a din and a half..



    So I went through a couple designs and refinements on the way to right..



    And this is my final design..



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    Then there is this completely and utterly over the top PD blown 1967 Corvette roadster I am actively building right now. This car is truly the peak of my career thus far. It can be seen here: https://www.superchargerforums.com/t...n-a-7-0l.3130/ . And in a little bit more detail here: http://www.digitalcorvettes.com/foru...d.php?t=278842 . For this car so far I have had to make bezels to fit the undersized aftermarket clock and also to house the mp3 control head and tire pressure monitor. While the clock is done and right, I might still go through a couple more revisions for the tpms. Here is where I am at right now..



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    What material are you using? Be careful of PLA because it will soften in the heat of the day inside of a car.

    Good looking parts, though.

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    pla for mock ups abs for the final draft.

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    Sorry, if I had paid more attention to your name, I would have known better than ask that question. Thought you were the new guy from the "Another newb asking questions" thread. Proceed on.

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    very neat :-)

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    That is indeed, a 'cool' job!

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