NSX DOOR FRAME:
Now I was ready to try designing my missing driver’s side door part. First, I had to get the new OEM passenger side scanned. Since the white light scanner used on Project S2000 was not available, I went to our friends at Mountune to have it scanned using their FaroArm’s Prizm Laser.
We enlisted the same service to scan the NSX’s block as part of the development of a new dry sump oiling system for the car, which we will cover in a future article.
The 3D scan creates what is known as a ‘point cloud’, consisting of millions of little dots in space.
The next step is to turn the raw point cloud into a ‘mesh body’. This converts the millions of points into a ‘mesh’ of little triangles. This is necessary to work with and modify the model.
Another way to replicate a part is to use the point cloud or mesh as a template and draw a new part from scratch. This is what I did for this door frame piece. Simple sketches of the shape and size and location of the mounting holes are the foundation of making the part.
From there, each shape is extruded to the thickness of the part.
This completed design was made in 2-pieces in order to fit on the CR-10 printer’s 300×300 build plate. I radiused the edges and copied the OEM locking interface to connect the two pieces together.
Table of Contents:
Page 1 – Intro & Problem
Page 2 – 3D Printer
Page 3 – 3D Printer & Upgrades
Page 4 – Learning CAD & Making Designs
Page 5 – Designing NSX Door Frame
Page 6 – Printing NSX Door Frame
Page 7 – Fitting, Testing, and Redesigning NSX Door Frame