The key to creating the missing piece is a simple “mirror” function. A few clicks of the mouse turns hours of work drawing the scanned part into the missing one.
With the model created, the next step is to process the model in a ‘slicing’ software like Ultimaker Cura. This takes the solid model and ‘slices’ it into each layer that the printer will lay down. The layer thickness, print speed, temperature, retraction settings, feed rate, and many more settings are all determined in the slicer software. This is a crucial part of 3D printing and it can take some time to dial in the perfect settings for each new material to make sure it has the right strength, stiffness, and quality of the print.
Once the slicer is done, the finished “.stl” file is uploaded to the printer directly via an SD card or wirelessly through software like OctoPrint and then the printer starts the print.
Half way though the print, it’s easy to see each layer being laid down.
With the print complete, the 3D Printed NSX Lower Door Frame is done!
Compared to stock (above), the new design (below) has thicker tabs with large-radius corners that reduce stress risers and crack propagation.
This is really important when the OEM tabs break at the sharp edges of the tabs.
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