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I think we need to keep pursuing all avenues that show promise. If we can print a good copy for $50 that is ready to paint and mount that sounds good enough for me.
 

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Let me know if I'm wrong, but the Tulip Flaps are the same for both the Sky and Solstice, correct?
 

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yes they are identical. I talked with my printer and he said he would repair the file for less than $50. Im taking him the flap and the file Friday.
 

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They should be the same. The rest of the tulip panels are different, however.
15825824 is part number for the right side.
15825825 is part number for the left side.

Just a FWIW in case I need to find them again. :)

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Took the existing files, a factory flap and a printed flap to my guy. He said easy fix. He will have it done soon and do some test prints on different printers
 

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Good thread! I've seen many a Solstice with mutilated 'tulip panels'. Nice to see others helping out.
 

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Rob - the tool shop owner I dropped the file off with said he found software to "smooth" surfaces. I told him to hold off until we get the results from your guy. I might just pull the trigger on the software anyway but can wait until you get back to us.
 

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I dont think it needs smoothing. It needs to be corrected in the one area where it did not scan correctly I left the factory flap and the file with my guy and he will make it match the factory one. Soon I hope He said less than an hour of work once he starts.
 

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@chickenwire : Of these options, which would you think to be the best (or least bad) substitute material:
  • ABS
  • Polystyrene
  • High Impact Polystyrene
  • Polypropylene
  • Talc Filled Polypropylene
  • High Density Polyethylene
 

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High Density Polyethylene is the best of the bunch!
 

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@chickenwire : Of these options, which would you think to be the best (or least bad) substitute material:
  • ABS
  • Polystyrene
  • High Impact Polystyrene
  • Polypropylene
  • Talc Filled Polypropylene
  • High Density Polyethylene
We have to consider all of the requirements of the panel. HDPE would be great from a toughness aspect - you could beat it with a hammer and it wouldn't break. You just can't paint it. Same with the PP - tough but not strong and lacking stiffness. Adding the talc to the PP stiffens it - but you can't paint PP well either.

I'd go with ABS. It is stronger and stiffer than styrene, but has better toughness due to the butadiene (rubber) in it's composition. It is also highly paintable.
 

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We have to consider all of the requirements of the panel. HDPE would be great from a toughness aspect - you could beat it with a hammer and it wouldn't break. You just can't paint it. Same with the PP - tough but not strong and lacking stiffness. Adding the talc to the PP stiffens it - but you can't paint PP well either.

I'd go with ABS. It is stronger and stiffer than styrene, but has better toughness due to the butadiene (rubber) in it's composition. It is also highly paintable.
Thanks CW. I had pretty much gotten there, but wanted an expert opinion.
 
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We have to consider all of the requirements of the panel. HDPE would be great from a toughness aspect - you could beat it with a hammer and it wouldn't break. You just can't paint it. Same with the PP - tough but not strong and lacking stiffness. Adding the talc to the PP stiffens it - but you can't paint PP well either.

I'd go with ABS. It is stronger and stiffer than styrene, but has better toughness due to the butadiene (rubber) in it's composition. It is also highly paintable.
I have used ABS many times for vacuum forming and the tulip flap could be made quickly using that technique except for the tabs on the backside. Although these would have to be made separately, ABS is easily glued or welded.
 
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