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  1. Found their FB page. Posted some questions regarding plastic materials used, UV retardant and any hard coating on the lenses.
  2. Came across these people. Possibly Taiwanese. Do not know if they are legit or not. Anyone has experience with them? https://www.mvpvintageparts.com/?fbclid=IwAR3ChIi9Yqxjb9_gj9zGQIVsTUu93hpFegLKqrgfzgd_6KVvJWqJ9N4kEnE
  3. Thanks. I sketched up the roundel and sent it out to be made. Yes, it is metal. Still have a box full of them. I can send you some if you like to make your own shift knob. Or, I can make one for you. Let me know. Best regards, Trieu
  4. No doubt. 3D printed parts at best are only about 2/3 the strength of the filament material. That is along the print direction. Layer to layer strength is even less. Also, the lack of UV inhibitors and flame, smoke, toxicity retardants would severely limit their applications.
  5. Solid choice. A couple of things to be aware of: The print bed slides front and back. So, the required foot print is larger than the machine foot print. Also, since filament drivers/motors are some distance away from the print head (Bowden type), printing flexible materials will be more of a challenge due to the additional friction, compression and expansion in the tubes connecting the two.. Have fun.
  6. Lower profile and/or thin wall parts would probably work well. Try PET-G. Much easier to print.
  7. Printing ABS on an open frame printer is tricky. ABS tends to contract quite a bit on cooling. Depending on the size, shape and geometries of the object, problems such as lifting, layer separations and warping can be really difficult to avoid due to the temperature gradient between the bed, the body and the printer nozzle.
  8. So, it depends on where you think you will end up.... I started out with a little FlashForge Creator Pro w/ dual extruders. It's a good machine. However, the second extruder is not all that useful and often gets in the way. It's high maintenance; There's always something that requires attention. Also, it's easy to grow out of because of the small print envelope. Added a FlashForge Guider 2. Solid and reliable. But, FlashForge does not support changing the nozzle size to anything larger than 0.40 mm. So, larger items like the center grilles will take days to print (54 hours). Recently added a CoreXY D-bot (Google it). This printer platform is scalable and easily modify-able. I can use much larger printer nozzles to print much faster (3x to 4x) and also can handle printing exotic materials up 450C. PET-G is my go to material. Once printed, yield strength is about 60 MPa. So, it's quite strong. The CoreXY D-bot is a little buggy at the moment. Once it's sorted out, I want to be able to print nylon with carbon fiber. Nylon materials need to be printed around 250C, and need to be printed slowly. Most stock printers are not set up to print at this temperature. But, the material should be tough enough to survive the engine environment. Have not done any tests to validate this. IMHO: Buy the most printer you can afford. You will out grow it probably sooner than later. BTW, I use SolidWorks and went to YouTube University. 😁
  9. With some practice, you can sit in the driver seat, unscrew the two knurled knobs, screw out the speedo nut, and disengage the speedo cable. Feel for the big connector from the wire harness; disconnect it. Perhaps the connector from your clock, disconnect it. Wiggle and pull out the whole cluster assembly toward you. Be mindful of any grounding wires. Can be done without breaking your back. It would be best if you disconnect the battery first in case you have any live wires hanging loose back there.
  10. ^ +1 @Conserv may be on to something. From a mechanical fastening point of view, the center grille shape is such that as a stamped aluminum piece, it is fairly rigid (as compared to the side grilles). It only has two mounting points. In order to make a stable contact, there needs to be at least three points (as in a three legged stool). The inserts possibly are just to provide additional contact points so that the center grille does not vibrate from side to side in the unlikely event that the grille only makes contact with the nose only at the two mounting points. As the two center studs are tightened and pulled toward the body, there are no designated "seating" points for the grille. So, the spacers act as contacts for the center grille to sit firmly against the surface. The side grilles are made from thin stamped aluminum and are long for such a stamped shape; It's fairly flexible. So, the four mounting points are designed to force the piece to flex and conform to the four corresponding mounting points on the nose. Not sure where the spacers would go if one were to design the spacers, unless they cover the whole rim of the side grilles. My two cents, Regards, Trieu
  11. Came across the website below. Looks too good to be true. 118 bucks? I don't believe it. https://wosiea.myshopify.com/products/rejjjjj?fbclid=IwAR3MjJDScQwyEKbmL0OJAoJhIR1i4VsyIOORbSjukrKT3T16DoXtTtQTe0s
  12. I have one Neue Klasse steering wheel in very good to excellent condition. PM me.
  13. Call me old fashioned. The new logo and the buck teeth grille are UGLY. https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/bmw-gets-new-logo-and-the-difference-is-clear/ar-BB10Glqh?li=BBnbfcL
  14. I've been following metal 3D printing with great interest (there are multiple approaches and processes) for quite some time now; I believe this is the future of manufacturing. As mentioned by previous posters, parts shrinkage (in 3 dimensions) must be taken into accounts. The metal types/selections available for 3D printing is improving, but, still limited. Lastly, the finished part structural strength is approaching, but, not quite as strong as die cast parts. For the right applications (honeycomb metal structure for example), metal 3D printing can produce parts that are strong, light weight that can not be made any other way. No doubt the metal 3D printing technology will increase significantly as the technology is improving by leaps and bounds.
  15. @Driv3r had them made. He sent them to me because we're buds 😁
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