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Thread: Making Custom (Very Close to Original) Faceplates for Gauges

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    The guy in the shop ran the machine at lowest possible resolution - they came out looking pretty gnarly, but conceptually, it worked... I'm going to revise the STL files a little bit, tweak the resolution on curves and send them back to him to run on max resolution. The printer should have NO problem churning these plates out. If this fails, I'll try stepping it up and heading to a shop with a professional printer.
    '82 GS850GZ: Wounded, pretty bad.
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    Updated files are at the shop; I'll have new photos Thursday when they finish printing. Max resolution, 100% infill.

    Will be a step up from the 1/8" max resolution, and 10% infill.
    '82 GS850GZ: Wounded, pretty bad.
    81 GS1000G: Troublesome, will be customizing this one.
    http://s1355.photobucket.com/user/Ca...?sort=3&page=0

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    Just by way of showing you all, that first go around was REALLY gnarly... but, lowest possible resolution with lowest possible infill will do that!

    Pics of the new ones due thursday.

    ALSO! I FIGURED OUT HOW TO POST PICTURES! GREAT SUCCESS!!

    '82 GS850GZ: Wounded, pretty bad.
    81 GS1000G: Troublesome, will be customizing this one.
    http://s1355.photobucket.com/user/Ca...?sort=3&page=0

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    Hey guys, I haven't abondoned this! I know I'm late to the party, but I'm actively working on alternatives.

    The 3d prints came out WORSE on max resolution and max infill!

    I'm in touch with a gent who owns a laser cutter, we're negotiating material based on type, application, exposure to elements etc - doing the 'strength of materials' part first... Narrowed it down to a few good plastics. My first choice was acetyl resin, but it will not take paint and cannot be safely cut on this machine. PETG might be an alternative, still researching the properties and chemical comp - chlorinated material is completely off the table... Irritatingly, acrylic may be the way to go... We'll see.

    I'll post updates the moment I have a prototype cut!
    '82 GS850GZ: Wounded, pretty bad.
    81 GS1000G: Troublesome, will be customizing this one.
    http://s1355.photobucket.com/user/Ca...?sort=3&page=0

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    Hey just out of curiosity what kind of printer are you using? I know pla material will deform at a fairly low temp. I left a pla part in my car on a 95 degree day and it disformed pretty bad. I am currently designing my own storage box and air box for my gs550 and the best material I found to use is colorfabbs ht material. It can stand up to 212 degress before it starts to deform. The only problem is you have to have a printer that can have a nozzle temp of 260 degrees celcius and a build plate temperature of 115 degrees celcius. I was using an ultimate 2 extended, but I am wanting to save up for an ultimaker 3. Ha ha that's a ways out though

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    Hey there - thanks for the input Ace!

    I'm working with a Makerbot 2 (pro?) Gen 5. It's actually running ABS on the most recent set of plates - but PLA on the first ones.

    As a general update - the guy who own the laser cutter is moving shop, so he's got my files, my drive, etc... Once they get set up in the new building he'll get the parts cut. he's going to assist in setting up a silkscreen operation as well, so it shouldn't be a problem getting original - or close to original - appearance out of this. Sorry for the delays guys; the city council is voting TODAY on his new building... We'll see what happens!
    '82 GS850GZ: Wounded, pretty bad.
    81 GS1000G: Troublesome, will be customizing this one.
    http://s1355.photobucket.com/user/Ca...?sort=3&page=0

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