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Old 11-23-2014, 08:08 PM   #1
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As our Volvos grow older, many parts become harder to find and lose their aftermarket support. Fortunately, several members, myself included, have been quietly producing their own parts (like stock and modified) through the medium of 3D printing.

This thread is to be a list of parts people have already designed and are ready to print, as well as a place for people to request parts.

Parts Ready To Print

25 Tooth Odometer Gear (240) - Designed by Swiftfingers
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:530961

Small Gauge Bezel (240) - Designed by Maximum Turtles
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:559671

Center Console Switch Plate (240)- Designed by Maximum Turtles
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:559677 < with attachment for a common type of USB charger

Cup Holder (240) - Designed by Blippy
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:91442

Shift Boot Support (240) - Designed by propav8r
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:66503

Cup Holder Remix (240) - Designed by rdahm
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:900952 < redesign of Blippy's cupholder, as one thicker piece

Parts Requested

52mm screw-in frames for gauges (240)
^ Accompanying the already available 52mm gauge bezels

Center console/e-brake cover (240)
^ A sturdy replacement for the center console on a 240, highly requested but challenging for 3D printers

Plastic pullrod for reverse lockout (M46, 760)
^A simple enough looking part to produce, hard to find

Gauge inserts for HVAC vents(740/940)
^aaronllewellyn is all over this

Post requests in the comments below, or +1 requests others have made. Hopefully someone will agree to design them on their own terms.

If you have any parts you have created or are creating, please add them in a reply and I'll be sure to add them to the list.

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Old 11-23-2014, 08:33 PM   #2
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:42 PM   #3
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Cool, I'll post parts as I make them. It should be noted that it's often cheaper to get and OEM part IF IT'S AVAILABLE. If it's not... then we can make one. If you don't have a 3d printer, you may be able to ask one of the guys here to print for you, or use a service like Shape-ways.
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Old 01-27-2015, 04:38 PM   #4
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Guess I could bump this with a little shift boot support dealio I drew up awhile back. Works like a champ.

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Old 01-27-2015, 05:07 PM   #5
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That bezel is still in stock, cheap too. 1259730
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Old 03-08-2015, 12:39 AM   #6
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How about the screw in frames for the 52mm gauges to go with the bezels? That way there's an off the shelf replacement for those parts, which can be used with any 52mm gauges, stock or otherwise?
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:58 AM   #7
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These are primarily substitutes for plastic parts right? 3D printers print a plastic-like material, ya?

Eventually, we'll lose aftermarket support for metal parts, I imagine... the heavier pieces, like control arms and whatnot.

And eventually all electronic parts will be extinct, in which case nothing electronic in the car will be Volvo. Everything will have to be megasquirted and we'll be buying our relays from Target.
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Old 03-08-2015, 01:32 PM   #8
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not all printers are equal and not all printed parts will be good. Very high grade machines should produce a functional part. Buyer beware.
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What about bigger pieces like ebrake boxes or the plastic boxes on the back shelf right under the rear window that get sun baked and turn to sand? Larger interior trim pieces. Can you get that texturing on the outside? Any thoughts on similar weathering of these 3D printed pieces over, say, 10 years?
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What about bigger pieces like ebrake boxes or the plastic boxes on the back shelf right under the rear window that get sun baked and turn to sand? Larger interior trim pieces. Can you get that texturing on the outside? Any thoughts on similar weathering of these 3D printed pieces over, say, 10 years?
The 3d printing technology will only get greater over time, just like all other technology. ALL OF IT.

I'd really like to see a center console printed, if you can find them used on eBay they're like $120 and still fragile. A 3d printed unit would be much stronger
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^ are you sure of that?
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It at least has the potential to be. For example, a piece could have additional reinforcement (honeycomb) while still looking stock on the outside.
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^ are you sure of that?
Have you ever touched 20+ year old volvo plastic? Lol yes, anything I've ever seen (from a 3d printer) is at least 10x stronger than my current interior parts.
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I had a car with oxblood plastic trim : it was like hard toffee : so brittle all of it broke.
Weird how colours affect long-term strength.
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One thing that is made of plastic, breaks, and is hard to find (I got replacements for mine at the JY, I don't know if Volvo still makes it) is the rear bumper bracket for the 240 (post commando). It might be different based on year or sedan/wagon. Bolts into the body on each side, and bumper cover clips into it. This can break if the bumper gets hit, even a little, and then the sides droop.
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Have you ever touched 20+ year old volvo plastic? Lol yes, anything I've ever seen (from a 3d printer) is at least 10x stronger than my current interior parts.
It will all depend on the material used to print and how good the printer machine is. many places and hobbyist are using cheap equipment producing inferior parts.
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I suppose this answers my previous questions. There's an interesting time-lapse video on Popular Science's Facebook page, as well...

http://www.popsci.com/2015-detroit-a...d-cars-in-2016

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A co-worker of mine has multiple 3D printers, and supposedly by the summer he expects to be able to print in Delrin. Then we'll be able to make all sorts of functional parts, like little bushings and things that are long NLA from volvo... really hoping he comes through on that.
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A co-worker of mine has multiple 3D printers, and supposedly by the summer he expects to be able to print in Delrin. Then we'll be able to make all sorts of functional parts, like little bushings and things that are long NLA from volvo... really hoping he comes through on that.
Would that be strong enough for suspension bushings?
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Another idea, if the printer is capable of the size: single round headlight buckets, early grills, & egg crate grills for 86+ front ends
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Would that be strong enough for suspension bushings?
Should be. Delrin is tough stuff. Would be really stiff tough (stiffer than Poly).
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Delrin would make great manual trans bushings to fix all that slop. Delrin is good ****.
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Its also self lubricating - no squeaks.
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Old 03-24-2015, 02:11 PM   #25
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Can someone please 3d print a center console for a 240? I pulled mine all apart and epoxied everything back together..looked good until my friend tried lifting himself out of my car with it, now it's shattered.
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