Designing & 3D Printing BMW door panel clips

in #threedprinting2 months ago

#3D Printing!

It's been a really long time since I did a 3D printing post. Way back I used to post them pretty regularly but I decided to go a direction I'm way more passionate about - crypto and gaming. Well it's time for some new 3D printing shit! I'm not much of a designer but when I need something bad enough, I'll try and make it myself if I can't find a model already available. I have a 1998 BMW 328i and the back passenger panel has broken clips so it just fell off. I decided to give it a go and try to create my own clips for it rather than just trying to find a replacement.

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So I used Tinkercad, which is a very basic online 3D modeling tool. I combined a couple different pre-made shapes assembled them into this beauty. I took rough measurements with a 3D printed caliper lol. Version 1 was a tad too short. Version 2 was closer. Version 3 is perfect fit.

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The clips that need to be replaced. They're all slightly different heights it seems. So I made a few different heights.

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version 1 was about 4mm off in height.
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Version 2 was about 1mm off in height.
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Version 3 looks perfect.
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Glued in place and covered with foam from the old hook. Looks dumb as shit but hopefully it works.
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Here's the fastest timelapse of anything you've ever seen lol I should have slowed it down but fuck it.

All 4 new clips attached.... The moment of truth

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##HOLY SHIT IT WORKED!

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It's a simple design but it works flawlessly. I'm very proud of it.

Thanks for checking it out.