How to nearly pay for your BigBox with a single print

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  1. ndpg

    ndpg Active Member

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    Drive on the LA freeways until a piece of debris smashes a hole in the grill of your Landrover.
    Discover that a new grill (and surround since it can't be bought on its own) will cost $600.
    Add another few hundred for labor. Nothing done at a dealer costs less than a few hundred!
    Potential cost ~$1000.
    Plan B:
    Draw a patch in 123D Design.
    Print in ABS on the BB.
    Glue in place.
    Spray with some silver paint.
    Feel smug!
    LR patch.jpg
     
  2. A Dragon In A Pie Costume

    A Dragon In A Pie Costume Well-Known Member

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    this is what most people expect when they get a 3d printer lol, how long did it take to medel and print?
     
  3. moshen

    moshen Well-Known Member

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    How did you model it to match perfectly the broken out part? Seems tough..
     
  4. A Dragon In A Pie Costume

    A Dragon In A Pie Costume Well-Known Member

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    probably made it larger and sanded it to fit
     
  5. ndpg

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    Measured the dimensions with digital calipers. Drew one 'hole' in 123D and duplicated it to make a grid a bit larger than needed. Added a rim around that so it would stay stuck on the bed while it printed. Trimmed the broken parts of the grill and trimmed the patch to fit with a Dremel. Epoxy followed by some filler. One challenge was that the grill is slightly curved so I had to hold the patch in place until the epoxy set. I suppose I could have used a color closer to the original but once it's painted who can tell?
     
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