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aftermarket shift console surround - any interest? Not a scam...just wondering by lou_dias
Started on: 07-11-2016 12:58 PM
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Report this Post07-11-2016 12:58 PM Click Here to See the Profile for lou_diasClick Here to Email lou_diasSend a Private Message to lou_diasEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'm making one for myself out of PLA and I'll probably get it vinyl-wrapped. I also may pleather it instead and that's why I left some gaps....



I'll be able to make 1 or 2 a week once I get the design down incase anyone *might* be interested.
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Report this Post07-11-2016 01:17 PM Click Here to See the Profile for tsharkSend a Private Message to tsharkEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'm on board with the idea, but PLA tends to be brittle. I already have brittle. ABS or PET* may be a better choice.
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Report this Post07-11-2016 01:24 PM Click Here to See the Profile for lou_diasClick Here to Email lou_diasSend a Private Message to lou_diasEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Well, this is a prototype, so to save costs, I'm going to use PLA first since it may still need some tweaking in order to accept the stock shift plate.
ABS will cost $20 more in material costs roughly...but trivial to pick one material vs. another.
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Report this Post07-11-2016 03:30 PM Click Here to See the Profile for tsharkSend a Private Message to tsharkEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Are you 3D printing it, vacuum forming,...?

Yeah, don't want to break the bank on the prototype. I had no idea PLA was that much less. I know TPU and PVA are expensive, along with TPE.

Actually, those flexible materials may be a better fit. ABS has a but of give. Mix it a bit for TPU or TPE, and no wrapping would be needed, but probably an additional $40. I'm just not sure about the effect of UV. Still, if I were going to make it, I'd make it with an aluminum frame, and mold something like TPU over it. No corrosion, not brittle, and no cover needed. But I know little of such things.
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Report this Post07-11-2016 06:52 PM Click Here to See the Profile for doublec4Click Here to Email doublec4Send a Private Message to doublec4Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
PLA will warp in the hot interior of a car. I've prototyped a few things for the interior with PLA and over time the PLA continues to "flow"

I would recommend ABS even if it costs more.
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I would recommend ABS even if it costs more.


Isn't the skeleton ABS? My experience with ABS is that it is brittle. The last thing the Fiero interior needs is more brittle parts. Polyethylene would be tougher, I think.

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Report this Post07-11-2016 11:49 PM Click Here to See the Profile for lou_diasClick Here to Email lou_diasSend a Private Message to lou_diasEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Well, I'm still prototyping in PLA. Hopefully the next one is perfect, but it may require 1 more. I have to wait about a week to get it shipped to me. The thing about those more exotic materials is the cost.
Also looking into console trays.

Down the road, I'd probably want to make a replacement vent/heater/stereo section that angles from the end of the shift surround to the top of the stock location and make it handle a double-din stereo and use the stock vents and climate controls ... but that's real far down the road.
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