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Flush Mount for ETB digidash2
loggyboy - 19/11/18 at 01:57 AM

I've always liked the small size of the ETB dash, hence why I bought one. But I was never happy with its surface mounting and inch thick projection. So with the purchase of my 3D printer this became one of my first projects. After lots of attempts, most to do with tweaking the printer, some to amend the design I have come up with a beta version.







Obviously the 3d print finish is fairly agricultural so some paint and sanding it now looks pretty good.










Ive design the clips to suit a 3-4mm thick dash fascia.






Daf - 19/11/18 at 07:34 AM

That looks brilliant, like you I have the same dash and have always thought it just looks plonked on.

What 3d printer is that and how are you getting on with it?


AdamR20 - 19/11/18 at 08:08 AM

Awesome stuff!


nick205 - 19/11/18 at 09:42 AM

Looks good to me!


Charlie_Zetec - 19/11/18 at 10:09 AM

I've had the same thought time and time again! Would you be prepared to make another if there was interest? I know I'd certainly take one!


Westy K - 19/11/18 at 11:08 AM

Wow that looks great.

I have always thought the same as you and didn't really like the way it mounted.

If you were willing and able to make more and its not against any rules I would be interested in buying one off you as well.

Cheers
Ian


CorseChris - 19/11/18 at 12:20 PM

Nice job.


AntonUK - 19/11/18 at 12:49 PM

Awesome!

Mine and friends cars are also increasingly getting 3d printed parts attached to them.

I purchased my printer 2 years ago to just learn to process and hardware, never thinking it might be good enough for actual production/finished items. But that little 100 quid printer has grown to be quite a reliable and useable machine. Whats is yours?


bi22le - 19/11/18 at 12:52 PM

It looks good, something the market needs!!

Clip design is an art. Have a look at this and it may help you tweak the holding method a little better.

http://web.mit.edu/2.75/resources/random/Snap-Fit%20Design%20Manual.pdf

I design plastic components at work ( Normally injection molded, not additive manufacturing) and for this design, the clip retention against the dash panel is what will make this part top notch.

Also, I don't know what type of printer this is (SLA?) but the mechanical properties of the plastic can be very different to what you would expect. The orientation during print can cause weak bonds between the layer that may make the clips more likely to snap, especially when stressed and vibrated. They also don't like heat changes as the plastic is often formed under stress, so cold clips may snap.

I would carry out some robust testing to make sure the holes don't cause crack propagation or clips snap. Both of these things scan be designed out, it just takes time.

Don't let my above points get you down. Its a nice idea that I would be interested in once you have a finalised design.

U2U me if you want to discuss design further.


loggyboy - 19/11/18 at 12:55 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments.


quote:
Originally posted by Daf
That looks brilliant, like you I have the same dash and have always thought it just looks plonked on.

What 3d printer is that and how are you getting on with it?


Its a Creality Ender3. Very cheap but very well reviewed. Took a whiile to set up well enought to get decent prints, to the point it almost went in bin! But after upgrading a few parts inexpensively and re-allign the frame and QC the fixings (it came partially built, but a bit like a kitcar, the geometry needed a good check!)


quote:
Originally posted by Westy K
Wow that looks great.
I have always thought the same as you and didn't really like the way it mounted.
If you were willing and able to make more and its not against any rules I would be interested in buying one off you as well.
Cheers
Ian


quote:
Originally posted by Charlie_Zetec
I've had the same thought time and time again! Would you be prepared to make another if there was interest? I know I'd certainly take one!


I certainly did consider making them for purpose of selling. I would happily do a couple cheap as beta test as I dont know how well the fixing arrangement will work, and also would depend on what sort of dashboard they were going on. But having said that, I could be pushed to make some bespoke adjustments. I think only thing that would bump costs is if people wanted them finished as I have here, as thats the time consuming bit.

If you are interested drop me a PM with some details of your dashboard and how you would want to install.


dave107 - 19/11/18 at 01:25 PM

That's really good recon a lot of people would like to buy that. i made one the same around 2010 but made from aluminium, was very fiddly to make, digidash only protrudes from dash by 10mm.


loggyboy - 19/11/18 at 01:54 PM

quote:
Originally posted by dave107
That's really good recon a lot of people would like to buy that. i made one the same around 2010 but made from aluminium, was very fiddly to make, digidash only protrudes from dash by 10mm.


I saw some of your posts when seeimng if anyone made one, diy or production. When searching yours only one pic of the reverse comes up, do you have more?


dave107 - 19/11/18 at 06:11 PM

Hello loggyboy I do but struggling to load onto my photos. Iíll have another try.


gremlin1234 - 19/11/18 at 06:42 PM

loggyboys pics don't work for me,
win10 pc, on bt
don't work on phone either.
but do work on my ancient win-me machine, and almost work on an ancient ipad. (only shows two of the seven).

I suspect its an ip6 vs ip4 problem, but might be https


edit: replied to a message out of context, so clarified.

[Edited on 19/11/18 by gremlin1234]


loggyboy - 19/11/18 at 10:50 PM

quote:
Originally posted by gremlin1234
loggyboys pics don't work for me,
win10 pc, on bt
don't work on phone either.
but do work on my ancient win-me machine, and almost work on an ancient ipad. (only shows two of the seven).

I suspect its an ip6 vs ip4 problem, but might be https


edit: replied to a message out of context, so clarified.

[Edited on 19/11/18 by gremlin1234]


Cant explain that one. They are hosted on 000webhost.com. maybe add that or loggyboy.com to trusted sites?
Uploaded via win 10 and i can see them on android via chrome and Samsung's browser.


loggyboy - 10/1/19 at 06:18 PM

Managed to get one trial fitted in to my spare Striker dash.








I have made a further revision to the clips since this was printed making them larger and hopefully more flexible.



If anyone one wants a trial one (straight off the printer, without paint finish I have done to this) then I will buzz a few off at £20 posted so I can get some feed back before I stick a few on ebay to the general public with painted finish.


bi22le - 10/1/19 at 11:16 PM

How big is the bezzle edge. I want to make sure I have the clearance as I also have a striker dash, but hole for DD2 already.


loggyboy - 10/1/19 at 11:31 PM

Bezel is 9mm. Overal height is 108mm.
However I could easily tailor this. The thickness of the frame is 3mm so bezel could be reduced to 5-6mm. But would mean the cut out would need to be accurately cut.


jossey - 12/1/19 at 10:32 PM

I'll take one if you make more


loggyboy - 13/1/19 at 01:53 PM

Well these are proving pretty popular on the various facebook groups ive posted on.
Will be printing constantly for next few days to keep up with demand. (10+hour print per mount!!)
Jossey - will drop you a PM.


Ugg10 - 13/1/19 at 04:06 PM

Nice one, wish I had access to a 3D printer. Mine was the old fashioned cling film, fibreglass, filler and pain in my anglia. May have to revisit.



[Edited on 13/1/19 by Ugg10]