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Is your classic car part off the market?

Is 3D printing your sollution?

There are already quite a few car brands, and not only the exclusive ones, that uses 3D printing for the production of individual replacement parts. Each car brand keeps car parts available on the market for a certain period. It depends on the necessity of the part in the car, for which period, but for at least 10 years. So, turned your car into a classic one, or you bought your classic favorite, the availability of high-quality parts can be a challenge. 

Part or not to (car) part!

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Honestly?

Of course our professionalism is developing the best 3D print filaments in the world, and not car parts.... next to that, not all type of filaments are suitable for the job. Then, you need to choose your preferred way of how you want to print, we offer material for the FFF / FDM printing technique. 

Using a 3D printer is a smart way to save time and money while also expanding design possibilities. It allows you to physically conceptualize designs and ideas quickly and at a low cost.

The limitless choices for personalization with 3D printing provides opportunities for customized, bespoken vehicles, parts and accessories.

Today, a convergence of several technological, market and environmental trends are radically transforming the automotive industry, and 3D printing is being turned to as a critical tool to enable this transformation, from the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) to the drive towards making supply chains more sustainable.

Prototyping can be an option

Rapid prototyping - is the technique of fabricating a prototype model from a CAD file. 3D printing/additive manufacturing is the process, and rapid prototyping is the end result.

Cost effective – replicating little components through additive producing would be generally rather more cost-efficient than having an outsized stock of components. 

Short production time – developing 3D printed components will considerably scale back turnaround times at all stages of production, because it needs a lower consumption of materials and wastage, that contributes to a shorter production time.

Innovative and versatile – 3D printing additionally offers makers the chance to undertake multiple choices and iterations throughout the stages of development. 

Applications for 3D printing for the automotive business include:

Customized components – makers will tailor the components to specific vehicles, creating them bespoken and light-weight. This might even be developed for a lot of personal edges for the driving force, as an example, seats for sport cars, key fobs or gear sticks.

Conceptual styles – 3D printed scale models to demonstrate ideas and styles of latest vehicles on a fancy and complicated level. Future style issues can be diagnosed in an early stage because the model is scalable.

Prototypes and testing – additive manufactering is very suitable for fast prototyping, it's fast and produced into detail.

Spare parts – replicated and replaced quickly with the help of 3D printing, in an exceedingly wide range of materials.

Tooling – 3D printing can be used for developing molds and tools.

 

BEST PRACTICES

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"Disruptive blobs but without any air pockets"

"The XT-CF20 is my current favourite 3D printing material. I invested in the super hard ruby nozzle to print this and don’t regret the investment. It definitely feels stiffer and stronger than standard unfilled petg. It seems possible to bond other CPE filaments directly onto the CF20 like NGEN flex using dual extrusion. In this scenario you can have composite parts with super stiff bits (CF20) and super flexible (NGEN flex).
I think the 3d printed objects generally look good. I do sometimes get disruptive blobs. My best surface finish where layers have been deposited well (without any air pockets) has been achieved by subsequently mechanically sanding down with sequential grits with mirka abralon all the way up to 4000grit. The surface to me looks a bit like shiny polished black ebony timber. Very appealing to my eye! When I ran out of CF20 (awaiting arrival of shipment) I tried other CF impregnated PETG, but they did not seem as stiff nor look as good."

This is a product review, written by our dedicated customer Mark

Polyamide 6, Nylon 6, or polycaprolactam (PA6), PA_CF Low Warp

PA-CF Low Warp, is a carbon fiber infused polyamide (PA) material with the mechanical properties of a PA6 and excellent printability because of extremely low warp.

Polyamide 6, Nylon 6, or polycaprolactam (PA6) is one of the major engineering thermoplastics. PA6 is tough, has excellent abrasion resistance, good chemical resistance, fatigue endurance, lubricity, impact strength, high strength, and rigidity.

The material can be printed on desktop FFF 3D printers, which have a temperature range of at least 260°C on the hot-end and the ability to mount an abrasive resistant nozzle. PA-CF Low Warp excels in tensile and impact strength and allows continues use at 120°C while retaining sufficient properties for the intended application. The formulation has been modified to reduce uptake of moisture and it also takes about 4 times longer to reach the saturation point compared to unmodified PA6. This makes PA-CF Low Warp less affected by moisture then most other nylon filaments available in the market.

Electrical connector housings and more..

It’s not only the velocity stacks that John printed: 

“ I’ve used colorfabb PA-CF to print intake velocity stacks, bulkhead plates, side mirror mount, bonnet prop, work jigs, mounting brackets, 3D printer parts, and electrical connector housings.”

John Pham from Brisbane, Australia

 

“I took this opportunity to try to design and print as many parts for my modified Mazda MX-5 as possible. My main printer is a modified Tevo Tornado with an E3D Titan Aero hot end/extruder and 0.5 mm NozzleX, I print at 0.2mm and 0.1mm layer height depending on the parts function. My printing material of choice for functional car parts has always been carbon fiber nylon, and in my opinion colorFabb, PA-CF produces the best results. Consistent printing results for myself and customers, good strength, excellent resistance to heat, fuels, and oils. It also prints very easily, purple gluestick on 55C glass, no warping, flawless supports, excellent surface finish, and dimensional accuracy.”

John Pham from Brisbane, Australia

Below filaments are suitable for your car parts or prototype!

PLA Economy

One of the great features of these prints is that they can be disassembled with great ease due to magnets being used to hold several parts together.

The material he used was PLA Economy, which may be Korneel’s favorite filament at the moment. He receives a lot of requests for PLA prints and uses our PLA Economy due to its ease of printing on his Ultimakers.

PLA Economy works great with basic PLA settings on a wide range of printers. We see a lot of demand for this filament and it has been a favorite of our users ever since launching it in November last year.

"Like the Toyota engine, these two engines were designed and modeled by the talented Eric Harrell, His design talent, combined with Korneel’s printing skills resulted in a fully functional Subaru engine:"

Eric Harrel, Mechanical Engineering

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If any support is required during your printing process, we don't know of we can help but for sure we will try to. Do you need more information about adding a layer of paint to your design or looking for the right nozzle combined with the filament of your choice, just contact Gijs. Via below button or complete the request form.

 

Disclaimer: 3D printing is subject to various factors: material, processing, printer, settings, etc. Using printed parts like car parts or other parts that are used in real life are at the user’s own risk. We recommend expert level printing, and extensive testing before use.

 

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