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post #31 of 53 (permalink) Old 01-06-2019, 05:09 PM
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I am having significant problems printing it. I am using the hydrofill and once I do a print, the hydrofill binds up the print head and its a pain - as in drilling, dissembling and heating the head to get it cleaned out for the next print.

I am in the process of cleaning out the second head but it will take me a couple of days.

I flipped the part over so its top up. This is to get the support imperfections on the inside of the surface and leave the outside nice and smooth. I think it will work well but it will take me a while to get it done.
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Maybe print it vertically - so the curve looks like a smiley or a frown perpendicular to the bed - with some break-off tabs? I'm not a printing expert, so that maybe useless or obvious.

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I have not given up. Still working it

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I bought a spare light assembly and worked with it to develop a "disassembly" process. I tried heat and some solvents but it appears to be impervious to those methods.

I then got out my Exacto deep saw blade and did a test cut. That seemed to work just fine and the narrowness of the cut means that reassembly using RTV or clear epoxy looks totally feasible.

Then I took it to my 18 inch industrial strength band saw. With a thin 1/2 inch blade I was able to make a nice clean cut that matched the curve of the base quite well. I used the Exacto blade to do the final cut on the overlapping end tab. See the pictures.

I am taking this along with CWs file to my local part printer and see about getting them to print some clear replacement covers.

More to come.
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Hey Rob. Did you get anywhere with this? I still have my lens sitting on my desk at work. Wondering if we have more work to do or if I can put my wife's car back together. lol

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I took one to my 3D guy. They are trying their new scanner on it and will gat back to us soln
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Got message from the 3D guys. The files are ready. They are test printing. Should be available soon
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I got some test prints.

For clear ABS - they look white but transmit light readily as shown in the pictures - he is suggesting a price of $50 for a pair. You can get custom lettering or graphics made into the print at a nominal labor cost. These will be the top of the light and you will need to attach it to your existing light base (glue, weld, tape?) to make a full light unit.

Alternatively you can get a "clear" lens printed using a totally different method for $300 a pair. Basically the $50 print uses a standard filament in a high end commercial machine while the $300 pair uses a light on fluid method that makes a part appear like it was cast - no printing lines. Again, you can talk with them about any custom work you want added to these.

Take a look at the pictures. I am having a set of them in ABS with PUNISHER (the right way up) in them. Then I will paint the text punisher red. Should look very nice.

If you are interested or just want to talk with them, let me know and I will get you their email.


Some of the prints in the picture are test prints with TPE and are not as good as the ABS test prints, but I included them because they show the text overlaid on the part well. In my opinion the ABS version, while not a cast part is certainly good enough for me to put on the Punisher. Let us know what you think.
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@rob the elder Can we see a bigger (higher res) pic of the commercial printed part? The ones you posted are too small to tell the quality.

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This is the best I have. You can right click on the picture, save it, open it in Paint and enlarge it as much as you want.

These are printed from filament so they have texture. They look fine to me but I am used to printed parts.

If you want a "perfect" finish, the more expensive option is for you.
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While the "liquid" version Rob mentioned can give a better finish it's not perfect by any means. (The original stereolithography machines used liquid polymer cured by UV laser and have come a LONG way in the last 25 years.)

If you want a truly "clear" (and I use that term loosely) you're going to have to sand and polish that lense down to a smooth finish. It's never going to be truly clear through and through, but I think you'd be happy enough with them after you go through that process.

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With sanding and polishing how smooth and shiny would the filament printed ones get? I don't know how polished you can make printed ABS look.
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FYI and FWIW, I do "Class A" surfacing and have spent several years working in design studios. I am currently working on self driving hardware. SACRILEGE I hear. :-)
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Hiya Rob,

I am definitely interested in a set. The yellow sidemarkers ar one of the major milestones still let to "fix" for my little baby "No Gray Area". Obviously there's only two colors allowed, and one of them isn't yellow. The fun part for me is that I already had the lense off both sides and upgraded the light inside of it to a 3" led strip. The white look will be perfect. Can you put me in touch with the folks I can purchase a set from please?
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