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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:07 am    Post subject: 3D printed heater flap retainers NLA Reply with quote

WANTED: Someone to make these NLA part(s) on a 3D printer, VW 251259143 Plate Left side and 251259144 Plate Right side. See below above where one clip is bent and the other broken off.
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These are small slide-in retainers that hold up the heater box footwell flapper rod on 84 and newer Vanagons.
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I have acquired both pieces as a prototype that I will send you, and when you are finished you have to return them to me, or a reasonable facsimile.
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These are somewhat damaged but you should be able to derive the entire part from both, as they are symmetrical.
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I was planning on glue-in retainers as the VW snap clips seem to have been a failure, causing many of these to drop out and disappear. The retainers slide up into these slots and form the bottom of the hinge hole:
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Once this project is accomplished I will expect the print file to be made public.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:36 am    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

Send them my way and I'll send you an STL that you can 3D print.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:07 pm    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

That would be great if someone did so, I needed one and I seem to recall fabbing something, I'll see if I can locate what I did.......

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:37 pm    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

If anyone does end up needing existing .STL files printed I can print up to approx 4" square on my printer in either PLA or ABS filament.

Just let me know, I'm more than happy to print off a few parts for the community.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:58 pm    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

Just ordered a nice 3D printer kit for my son and I to play with. Looking forward to making stuff... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:34 pm    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

Prolly a shedload of NLA plastic gubbins that could be madevent flaps/diverters first off. A replacement for the brittle abomination around the steering column (*not* a replica, thankyewverymuch) would be a worthy project.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:16 pm    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

I got the parts. I'll try to get working on them this coming week. Does anyone know the answers to these questions?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:29 pm    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

More pictures: https://www.brickwerks.co.uk/retainer-t3-heater-box-flap-rod-left.html
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:34 pm    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

jmranger wrote:
More pictures: https://www.brickwerks.co.uk/retainer-t3-heater-box-flap-rod-left.html

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:42 pm    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

The clip that is bent is almost broken off. It should go straight up to a detent in the top. Truth be told, I have never seen one intact.

As for the second question, I dont think it is a problem. A picture of where it slides up into:
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Another side:
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:24 pm    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

I posted the STL's here: http://print.agon.parts/

Let me know if they work or if anything needs to be adjusted.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 8:47 am    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

Was anybody able to test the files?
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 11:11 am    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

I just had a look in MeshLab, since I don't have a 3D printer or a specific need for these parts. AWESOME!

Were these fully drawn or 3D-scanned?

Would you consider adding two info to your readme: the original VW part number and a link to the thread were these were discussed? I feel that your repository will grow significantly over time.

For anyone who lacks a 3D printer, in addition to jismay's offer above, there are web sites out there that links you with people who offer 3D printing services all around the world. I've used https://www.3dhubs.com/ in the past with good results. Just make sure to get them printed in a heat-resistant material - the commonly used PLA isn't.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 11:39 am    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

jmranger wrote:
I just had a look in MeshLab, since I don't have a 3D printer or a specific need for these parts. AWESOME!

Were these fully drawn or 3D-scanned?

Would you consider adding two info to your readme: the original VW part number and a link to the thread were these were discussed? I feel that your repository will grow significantly over time.


Thanks! They were designed from scratch.

Yea, definitely I was thinking about doing that. I'll add that info to the readme file.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 12:06 pm    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

If you don't have a printer, check your local library. Denver has them for free, just PLA though.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 5:31 pm    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

User jismay from this forum offered to print up some so I thought Id give him a few days. Will report when I get a result.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 5:59 pm    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

Gnarlodious wrote:
User jismay from this forum offered to print up some so I thought Id give him a few days. Will report when I get a result.


Yea, no worries. Hopefully it works well the first time around. Let me know how it goes! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 9:26 am    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

Gnarlodious wrote:
User jismay from this forum offered to print up some so I thought Id give him a few days. Will report when I get a result.


I'm tossing them on the printer right now. We'll see how things come out.
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 4:58 pm    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

This is the first print.

Black PLA plastic printed at 1.75mm layer height.

PLA should be good before even starting to get soft up to ~140*F

As soon as another pair of the PLA clips prints out I'll see about printing one in ABS plastic, that should be good for even higher temperatures.

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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 8:29 pm    Post subject: Re: 3D printer project for ya... Reply with quote

That looks great! I'll test them out in short order!
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