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Old 07-03-2018, 06:19 PM   #1
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3D Printed Console Cup Holder Insert

Itís been a while since Iíve been on the board, I kind-of dropped off the map for a while. Sometimes necessary.

But, I thought Iíd share a small victory and tell a story.

Essentially, though my console was (and is) beautifully restored by a board member here, I managed to break some parts off the cup holder insert. And the cost of a repop was a surprise, to say the least.

Only slightly bummed, though because Iíve been wanting to experiment with customized designs, especially for improvements I could make to the layout. But before I can can get into design improvements, I wanted to make sure my 3D printer at home would reliably handle the original configuration.

So thatís all this is. I thought Iíd share my success with this small project.
Mind you, this is only the first version as proof that my equipment would successfully recreate the design. I hope to make actual design improvements next.

1. I started by taking a few quick measurements, and whipping out the design in Autodesk Fusion 360. This was about a five minute exercise all-in.

2. I dropped the design file into my home 3D printer, a Prusa I3 Mk3. A good inexpensive consumer-level printer.

3. Went to bed.

4. Woke up and my part was done. Cool.

I used a glossy black plastic, and even though the resolution wasnít at its finest, Iím pretty happy with it as a conceptual test print.

Anyway, hereís some pics and a link to my original design file on Thingiverse.
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2988571

As a post to the experience, I have plans, now that it works. I plan to make some design improvements, particularly with the center cubby and adding some mounting bosses for maybe integrated lights, mounting switches or USB ports for my radio, or something. I havenít decided yet. I might make a modular mounting system so that I can have several things, and swap them in/out as desired.

Once refined, Iíll probably send to a service like Shapeways to be printed in better plastic on a nicer printer.

Anyway, on with the pics...
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Old 07-03-2018, 06:21 PM   #2
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Re: 3D Printed Console Cup Holder Insert

looks like this double-posted. can any mods remove this post without pics?
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:21 PM   #3
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Re: 3D Printed Console Cup Holder Insert

Wow... those are great. Are you going to be making/selling these for orders? If so, do you have a price in mind?

Thanks.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:54 PM   #4
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Re: 3D Printed Console Cup Holder Insert

Those look good. Any concerns over durability? There was a member that made some 3D printed parts a while back that didn't hold up well, but I think you could probably sort that out by putting some good plastic-weld or similar glue type material on the underside for added strength.
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Old 07-15-2018, 11:33 AM   #5
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Re: 3D Printed Console Cup Holder Insert

Are you selling any of them? if so, where do i sign up?

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