3D Printing and Auto Repair

Just finished printing a replacement locking clip for the turn signal housing on my girlfriend’s car!

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The Engineering department at Swarthmore just got a uPrint 3D printer, which I’ve been itching to try out. After the little plastic tab that held the turn signal housing in place broke (causing the assembly to fall out while driving and swing around by its wires), I figured I had a pretty good project. It’s pretty incredible to think that for 30 minutes in Solidworks (well, and 10k for a industrial 3D printer, but whatever), I can repair a part that I’d otherwise have to throw away. Of course, I’ve still got to install it…

The Aftermath: Featured on HackADay and MAKE:!

So, much to my surprise, not one but TWO of my favorite websites of all time picked up on my E90! Both HackADay and MAKE: were kind enough to feature my machine on their blogs, and tons of other places have picked them up as a result. I’d just like to say thank you to both websites for featuring my work, and also to all the people who have left comments about the project – I really appreciate your feedback (and will respond soon, promise!)

(Finally) E90 Update: Project Completed!

So – despite my blog silence over the last few months, my E90 is finally done! I completed my milling machine last weekend, and presented it to the Engineering Department at Swarthmore College this past Tuesday. Currently, I’m scrambling to finish my report (due tomorrow at 3) – after that’s in, I’m going to pursue Creative Commons licensing for my design, and will then post it to the interwebs. In the meantime, take a look at the finished Solidworks model of the machine…
…and what this looks like in real life.

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Stay tuned for more!