Everything was looking good, parts sanded smooth, body bump corrected and was adding a pin to the printed parts for security and the gray carpet monster reared it's ugly head! I just ordered another set of turn signals from Shapways. If I had hand carved these I might have ordered a Shapeways Hari Kari knife ... but just printing out another set made it workable!
We've done this before, but I am fully retired for 8 years now and loving every minute! I still don't finish anything, though. I was a Structural Engineer and partner in an engineering/ architectural firm for 35 years .. my dream job right out of college. Originally paper mill engineers the first building (and paper machine foundations) were for a new Crane and Company mill to produce 100% of US Currency paper. Inside the finished mill was a green glow and a lovely smell. Every job I had was different and I enjoyed going to work every day until the grief we had to take from clients just got to be too much to bear.
Here's a test mount of the turn signal pieces. The body crease on the resin body turns down and prevents the signal from sitting flush. The third photo shows how the crease on the model turns down and the fourth shows a TR4 that plainly shows the crease ending before where the turn signal would be. Just some body sanding to remove the high spots and the signal should fit well. These are also good shots of the 3D printed parts sanded and ready to chrome! I really am impressed with how these came out .. 3D printing IS in our hands!
This is pretty cool and you have it down, but I wouldn't call it simple for us flame challenged. I've tried getting thin sections by heat and even those that didn't burn up were just tapered pieces. I consistent thickness is magic here. I get the process but I would rather just buy a correct diameter, though circular is out of my reach. That's some wonderful talent, Steve!
The Part came today and I'm happy! They just need a slight, and tiny, swipe with some sandpaper. After adding a thing silver coat they can be seen well. This is Frosted Extreme Detail material from Shapeways. Here's all the pics I took for your reference. The roughness caused by the layers is still the most limiting part of 3D Printing but I believe these can be cleaned up ok. Remember, these are 3/8" (.375" or 9.525mm) long!
I got the turn signals back from Shapeways and they look good. Remember, these are 3/8" (.375" or 9.525mm) long! In these closeup photos the striations from the 3D printing can be seen, but not with the naked eye. I have to experiment with these to figure what I have to do to get smooth enough for Alclad. I'm going to put some thin primer on one and maybe some silver paint on the other.
They are tough to see in the plain clear material, so hopefully some paint will bring to life. The material is Frosted Extreme Detail. Painter silver ..