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Old 08-16-2018, 09:11 PM   #1
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Default 2nd Gen Interior Center Console Handle 3D Print Model

Hi Folks,

If you have a 2nd gen Saturn Armrest youll know those handles suck. They usually break at the circular ends. Last night I threw something together in Inventor and had it 3D Printed.

There are some improvements to be made, like making the supports on the circular joints much larger and indenting the space for the metal spring so it fits properly.

Here are the results:
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Here is the file:STEP.

If you print these, ENSURE YOU HAVE 100% FILL! These will break like toothpicks if you do not!

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Old 08-16-2018, 10:22 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2nd Gen Interior Center Console Handle 3D Print Model

I 3D printed a coin holder a while back since I didn't have one and thought it would be cool to make. It turned out pretty well, I made the hooks a little to long but i just fixed it with velcro, didn't really feel like printing another one. Problem was though that I made it when it was still cold outside. Once the weather warmed up and the car started to get 90+ degrees inside, the plastic didn't hold up to well. I'm pretty sure it only warped like that was because of the weight from the coins dragging it down due to the plastic being soft from the heat. It probably be fine today if i never put any coins in it but then what would be the point of making it, lol

Hopefully your thing holds up better than my thing did, it probably will though sense its not really holding any weight.

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Old 08-16-2018, 10:36 PM   #3
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Defiantly keep us updated though on if you make any future revisions. I'l love to have one printed

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Old 08-16-2018, 11:27 PM   #4
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I 3D printed a coin holder a while back since I didn't have one and thought it would be cool to make. It turned out pretty well, I made the hooks a little to long but i just fixed it with velcro, didn't really feel like printing another one. Problem was though that I made it when it was still cold outside. Once the weather warmed up and the car started to get 90+ degrees inside, the plastic didn't hold up to well. I'm pretty sure it only warped like that was because of the weight from the coins dragging it down due to the plastic being soft from the heat. It probably be fine today if i never put any coins in it but then what would be the point of making it, lol

Hopefully your thing holds up better than my thing did, it probably will though sense its not really holding any weight.

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Did you use PLA or ABS? I would agree that the added weight probably caused the warping. I've never had experience with 3D printed models warping, though I never had them in a car on a 100+ degree day! I am making models from PLA but will be able to do ABS later, hopeful the ABS will stand up to much high heat without warping.

Second revision will be made tonight, hopefully I can fix the small issues on the first batch. Starting October, I should be able to make these in bulk, hopefully I can send them to members here, as i know not many have 3D printers that can be used.

The only issue I see is that the metal spring will differ depending on where people source it from, I may try to make the spring from something else that can easily be replicated.

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Did you use PLA or ABS? I would agree that the added weight probably caused the warping. I've never had experience with 3D printed models warping, though I never had them in a car on a 100+ degree day! I am making models from PLA but will be able to do ABS later, hopeful the ABS will stand up to much high heat without warping.

Second revision will be made tonight, hopefully I can fix the small issues on the first batch. Starting October, I should be able to make these in bulk, hopefully I can send them to members here, as i know not many have 3D printers that can be used.

The only issue I see is that the metal spring will differ depending on where people source it from, I may try to make the spring from something else that can easily be replicated.
Honestly, I have no idea what kind of plastic was used. I asked the CAD teacher at my school if he could print it for me. Never thought of asking at the time, really should have though. I feel like it was PLA with how brittle the thinner prints always where. There was a "normal" printer and a resin printer but I know it wasn't made with that one. Resin is more brittle than PLA anyway

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As this technology expands, we should be printing almost any needed part in the future. The $$ to be made will most likely be in the raw materials, much like the expensive ink cartridges for the color printers we buy today.

Printing up a good top engine mount is still a few years away.

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Printing up a good top engine mount is still a few years away.
More like a few thousand years. Plastic is one thing, but printing steel , aluminum and rubber for general consumer use......

They didnt even have that in, Back to the future ;-)

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As this technology expands, we should be printing almost any needed part in the future. The $$ to be made will most likely be in the raw materials, much like the expensive ink cartridges for the color printers we buy today.

Printing up a good top engine mount is still a few years away.
Standard manufacturing should still be lucrative for the upper mounts. We just need to find a shop or company willing to make them, because they will certainly sell.

The FLAPS replacement designs and brands are horrible for longevity, compared to original design. I wouldn't think they would be difficult to mass produce.

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Hi Folks,

If you have a 2nd gen Saturn Armrest youll know those handles suck. They usually break at the circular ends. Last night I threw something together in Inventor and had it 3D Printed.

There are some improvements to be made, like making the supports on the circular joints much larger and indenting the space for the metal spring so it fits properly.

Here are the results:
Attachment 53915
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Here is the file:STEP.

If you print these, ENSURE YOU HAVE 100% FILL! These will break like toothpicks if you do not!
I think you just 3D Printed the most expensive part out of the entire CAR for a second gen interior......lolol.

The 2nd Gen Console handle/door hinge are the only part of a Saturn with a higher failure rate than Chrysler automatic transmissions......and THAT is not easy task.....lolol

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