The Joys of a 3D Printer

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    stephenhouser
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    @stephenhouser

    Last weekend when replacing the distributor on my TDr I managed to misplace one of the spark plug wire holders that keep the plug wires from wiggling all over the place. There’s two of these, one on each side, and they clip onto the fan shroud.

    Fortunately, I got a 3D printer a few years back and have managed to get reasonably proficient at making things with it. So, off to the races (or computer as the case may be). I used the clip I had not lost to design and print up a new one! The new one is with ABS plastic and should withstand up to around 220˚ before melting. I’m hoping my fan shroud does not get that hot in the near future.

    If you’re truly interested, the part is downloadable (and printable) from thingiverse.com as VW Spart Plug Wire Holder.

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    Buxton, Maine
    1982 London Roadster - "Kit Kat"

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    pmossberg
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    @pmossberg

    Cool!

    Are you ready to take custom parts orders?

    Paul Mossberg
    1982 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

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    kms1
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    @kms1

    God I love technology, and a buddy with a 3D printer! If only I had one, of either. While I admittedly haven’t shopped around for a 3D printer or the materials required to produce parts, I imagine the buy in is in the realm of the sum being far beyond the contents of it’s parts. For now anyway.

     

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    stephenhouser
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    @stephenhouser

    @pmossberg only if it’s a custom part that’s already designed. That was the difficult part. The printing itself was easy!

    @kms1 you can actually buy one for just around $250 these days that will print good enough quality for most things.

    I’ve since designed and printed some “reducer” adapters so that my under-seat heater vents properly connect to the metal heater tubes. The tubes were 2-1/4″ and the vents were 1-1/2″. I don’t really use them but it always bugged me they didn’t fit correctly.

    Buxton, Maine
    1982 London Roadster - "Kit Kat"

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