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Is Done ! STLs here : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5243675

 

Hi All,

 

 

I thought ill share my journey if anyone is interested.

 

So after installing an aftermarket head unit in the cubby the clock is looking for a new home and AFAIK my options are:

 

  1. JDM Clock relocation kit (unavailable and expensive)
  2. Don't use it (nah, I want it)
  3. Buy a 3d Printed unit for 60$ here (shipping not included, its unfinished and expensive).
  4. 3D print an existing model on thingiverse or this (I tried, the fitment is poor, mounting wont fit the holes -probably different trim, very hard to print and I don't like the angle)
  5. Waste a ton of time and filament to develop one that fits perfectly :spin: this, this I like.

 

 

My current progress:

 

  1. Replicate the trim model with precise angles - Perfect- - Done!
  2. Fit trim mounting holes - Done!
  3. Replicate clock model - Perfect - Done!
  4. Combine the two into a good angle and fitment - Done!
  5. Optimize for FDM printing (as little supports as possible and quick print) - Done!
  6. Release final STL (model) files to the public - Done. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5243675
  7. Print with PETG (most fitting printable polymer type for automotive use) glaze, paint and finish a suberb looking bracket - Not Started.
  8. The extension cable issue - ???

 

 

The Cable:

 

So I dug around and found the connectors that are used to connect the clock.

Its the i59 harness, the connector type is "040 Connector", a 10 pin type.

I thought of ordering the connectors and the pins and make the cable myself.

Sources:

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/archive/index.php/t-17153.html

https://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Elec__Products/Connectors/040_Connectors/040_connectors.html

https://www.hi-1000ec.com/product/196

 

 

BUT! I have managed to release the clip behind the cubby and free the cable, it almost reaches the bottom part of the console, I think some tape around the harness is keeping it from reaching even further, so currently ill try with out an extension and we will see.

 

 

The Plate:

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Process :)(a random transparent filament is used for testing)

 

 

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first fitment :

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Result is OK but I don't like the angle, its too upwards, makes it to hard to clear the stuff behind the trim and a nightmare to remove.

More to come...

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  • 2 weeks later...

Well what can I say, its a work in progress :lol:

 

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I have refined the clock model a bit, but it still not perfect.

 

Print and part strength optimization - decided to cut the part in half and print a face and the rest independently and glue them.

In the image green is face, red is the rest, black is the clock.

 

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currently printing the face :)

 

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Almost there :cool:

 

 

 

  • Achieved perfect fit of the clock module :spin:
  • Added a "funnel" from the face to the clock to widen the FOV and it looks much nicer.
  • Printed the parts and glued them (this time in white).
  • Test fitted in the car - I'm not very happy with the fitment of the face plate, ill try to improve it, also might add 2 more degrees to make the clock more horizontal.

 

 

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Thank you guys ;)

 

Well chasing perfection stopped :cool:

After a whole spool + of filament, roughly some 50+ hours of printing and at least 7 hours of modeling, I present you this :

 

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the test prints :)

 

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the final model assembly (just gluing the parts with 5 minute epoxy:

 

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fitment:

 

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I messed up the gluing (the parts moved and not perfectly align) so I printed another go, this time I ran out of black so printed in silver.

 

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What's next:

  • Tomorrow Ill install it in the car and ill post pictures of it in the car.
  • A friend will print it for me in PETG on his Prusa Mini this one ill finish till the end :)
  • Might make a video of the whole process

 

Now will any body be willing to print this and confirm fitment on his car :confused:

 

Thingiverse page: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5243675

 

Enjoy :cool:

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Thank you guys ;)

 

 

 

Well chasing perfection stopped :cool:

 

After a whole spool + of filament, roughly some 50+ hours of printing and at least 7 hours of modeling, I present you this :

 

 

 

myMKlQ0.png

 

 

 

the test prints :)

 

 

 

WrzJZWv.jpg

 

 

 

the final model assembly (just gluing the parts with 5 minute epoxy:

 

 

 

XHY5QTU.jpg?1

 

 

 

ZiD27l6.jpg

 

 

 

fitment:

 

 

 

mDtWOyL.jpg

 

 

 

sFZispI.jpg

 

 

 

cQ1GnDp.jpg

 

 

 

I messed up the gluing (the parts moved and not perfectly align) so I printed another go, this time I ran out of black so printed in silver.

 

 

 

2PNLc0O.jpg

 

 

 

dOxkzxA.jpg

 

 

 

jb6g5f9.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's next:

 


  •  
  • Tomorrow Ill install it in the car and ill post pictures of it in the car.
     
  • A friend will print it for me in PETG on his Prusa Mini this one ill finish till the end :)
     

 

 

 

Now will any body be willing to print this and confirm fitment on his car :confused:

 

 

 

Thingiverse page: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5243675

 

 

 

Enjoy :cool:

Nice work. I'll print one!
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Nice work! I'll be interested in one when they are finished.

 

Thanks, I'm not sure I'm willing to produce those as they do require some finishing, but there are a ton of maker spaces and services that 3d print and it will be much cheaper to do this on your own, also I'm not even on the continent :lol:

 

That's awesome, thank you!

Really appreciate you sharing it, I'll try printing one as well.

 

Thanks Infosecdad, feedback for improvement will be much appreciated.

 

Nice work. I'll print one!

 

Thanks rhino6303, feedback for improvement will be much appreciated as well.

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