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3 hours ago, ash74 said:

Hello

Does anyone know if you can 3D print/copy clear parts. I cant find anyone with spares of what I need. Thanks

Ashleigh

i dont know what u looking for but if you looking for something print as clear as a windshield then the answer is No.

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To buttress what Chris said, there's no 3D printing of clear parts. Every 3D printer I've seen (I now have one), prints parts in some type of colored resin, whether it be gray, black, tan, etc.

More than likely, you'd get a part that was first 3D printed, then cast in a clear resin such as these Shelby 10 spoke wheels I got from Mickey Gerace (aka @Superbird McMonte).

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That's pretty much the best that can be done at the moment.

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The process of 3d printing would not lend itself to being completely clear. A 3d printed piece is made up of layers of resin, which result in tiny lines across the surface. To eliminate those will require some level of sanding, both things together eliminate any hope of a completely clear part.

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7 minutes ago, Sandboarder said:

https://3dprinterly.com/how-to-print-cure-clear-resin-3d-prints-stop-yellowing/
 

It can be done. Most like will end up looking like frosted glass but I have seen some good results. I do not 3D print but have seen my friends using clear resins and google comes up with lots of results on the subject. 

Very interesting! Thanks for the link........I saved it for future reference. ;) 

5 minutes ago, Classicgas said:

The process of 3d printing would not lend itself to being completely clear. A 3d printed piece is made up of layers of resin, which result in tiny lines across the surface. To eliminate those will require some level of sanding, both things together eliminate any hope of a completely clear part.

Yes...........I believe in the case of the wheels I posted, it looks like Mickey cleaned up the wheel, and then later on cast them. I see very little if any of the resolution layers.

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9 hours ago, ash74 said:

Hello

Does anyone know if you can 3D print/copy clear parts. I cant find anyone with spares of what I need. Thanks

Ashleigh

There is a wanted section on the forums. Post what you’re looking for and maybe someone has it and is willing to part with it?

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What parts do you need?

Any window or windshield can be made using old-school techniques, from clear sheet styrene, PET, or acetate.

Headlight and taillight lenses can be easily copied using small molds that can be made by anyone with reasonable ability.

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Thank you all. So the answer is no. I am wanting to copy windscreens. I have tried parts wanted. I might try to bump it, as I did it over Christmas/new year period. 

Hmm, Reasonable ability? I have always found something that should be easy is usually not. However I have a go will not loose me anything, so its probably worth having a crack. 

Thank you all

 

Ash

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3 hours ago, ash74 said:

Thank you all. So the answer is no. I am wanting to copy windscreens. I have tried parts wanted. I might try to bump it, as I did it over Christmas/new year period. 

Hmm, Reasonable ability? I have always found something that should be easy is usually not. However I have a go will not loose me anything, so its probably worth having a crack. 

Thank you all

 

Ash

PM me Ash.🙂

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On 2/5/2022 at 7:18 AM, MrObsessive said:

To buttress what Chris said, there's no 3D printing of clear parts. Every 3D printer I've seen (I now have one), prints parts in some type of colored resin, whether it be gray, black, tan, etc.

More than likely, you'd get a part that was first 3D printed, then cast in a clear resin such as these Shelby 10 spoke wheels I got from Mickey Gerace (aka @Superbird McMonte).

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Hi Bill. The wheels I sent to you were printed with clear resin. I also have clear red for taillights. Although it’s not red enough, I’ve heard a little pigment can be added.

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You can't get "clear" pieces from using clear FDM printer filament, mainly because of the infill. From what I've seen, you can get better results with clear resin, but only after you polish it up. Otherwise it's opaque. Also, regular clear looks a little yellow, so I've heard to use a few drops of blue dye mixed in to help it look more clear. I have both kinds of printers and I have both clear 3d filament and clear resin. I've yet to use the clear resin yet though.

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Should 3D printed resin be hard when cured or feel rubbery?

I got some parts from someone and they feel like rubber.  I don't think this is right.

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3 hours ago, crowe-t said:

Should 3D printed resin be hard when cured or feel rubbery?

I got some parts from someone and they feel like rubber.  I don't think this is right.

I've had part that had a rubbery texture, but after washing them they seemed ok. These parts were firm to hold but felt rubbery, they werent pliable like rubber. I hope that makes sense

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4 hours ago, stitchdup said:

I've had part that had a rubbery texture, but after washing them they seemed ok. These parts were firm to hold but felt rubbery, they werent pliable like rubber. I hope that makes sense

That's how my parts feel.  They feel like rubber but feel firm.  I washed them but they still feel like rubber.  I'm going to put them in the sun and see what happens.

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4 minutes ago, crowe-t said:

That's how my parts feel.  They feel like rubber but feel firm.  I washed them but they still feel like rubber.  I'm going to put them in the sun and see what happens.

its probably the fine grain of the printing confusing our senses, its like we're feeling our finger prints due to the grain on the part being similar sized to our finger prints and our brains just dont know how to deal with it,

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On 2/6/2022 at 4:00 AM, ash74 said:

Thank you all. So the answer is no. I am wanting to copy windscreens. I have tried parts wanted. I might try to bump it, as I did it over Christmas/new year period. 

Hmm, Reasonable ability? I have always found something that should be easy is usually not. However I have a go will not loose me anything, so its probably worth having a crack. 

Thank you all

 

Ash

If the windshields don't contain any compound curves, it's very simple to replace the kit glass with a thin clear sheet plastic as Bill suggested.

You don't need a 3-D printer or a vacu-former.

All you need is clear 2-part epoxy, and .010" or thinner sheet plastic.

 

 

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19 hours ago, crowe-t said:

Should 3D printed resin be hard when cured or feel rubbery?

I got some parts from someone and they feel like rubber.  I don't think this is right.

It all depends on the kind of resin it was printed with, if it was fully cured, properly cleaned, etc.

There are resins that are rubbery, they are supposed to be that way. There are currently so many different resins on the market, you can print many many different end products. They have everything from very rubbery, stretchy resins to very brittle hard resins. Some are more durable, others harder. They even have many different clear resins. 

I have been playing with mixing resins lately. I have been adding some durable rubbery resin (Very costly) to some more brittle but high definition resin to get something that is a good blend. Its working well so far.   

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