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I've seen some people are printing parts on this forum, 3d parts are not a new thing but there is still a need for it. I'm considering (if I can find the capital to start it) starting up some kind of business to make custom lines of parts for anything but mainly to address the needs of the 4th gen SHO. I've had plenty of ideas, and plenty of time to look into it, today I decided to look into the actual design process and it seems simple enough to figure out. there is a lot more research that ill need to do but before I go through the whole gauging interest page or even buying the equipment to do it with, but i thought I'd shoot some ideas here. I've got a name, I've got ideas, and I have designs, now i need money and interest and I'll do it. I haven't used any kind of CAD program since high school so keep the criticism constructive please as these are essentially rough drafts:

First up is the center dash gauge pod, it has 3 52mm pods, a "visor" and a tapered design (literally my first attempt at any of this so I have to clip the long part off the end)View attachment 90187View attachment 90186View attachment 90185

Next im somewhat proud of, foglamp inserts to take the place of the DRL insert but retain the DRL bar. I still have to work out light mounting for both the fog lamp itself as well as the DRL bar but the insert itself was taken from a ford parts website and uploaded into the CAD program, it lacks contour which I also have to figure out but we are just starting here. SHO in raised letters on the lamp housing also, If I do this it would be available in different colors/materials and an optional kit including the MKT headlight switch that matches our factory **** and harness.View attachment 90183View attachment 90182View attachment 90181

Last is a pet peeve of mine that may already exist but I cant fit 2 big coffee cups in my cupholder, and on long trips with my wife we both have these massive stainless cups and we have to take turns as to whos is stacked on whos. this would slip into the pocket to the right of the gear shift with minimal overhang on both sides to accomidate the 4" diameter upper section of the cup, I may decide on an optional low profile version that just adds another cup holder to that spot.
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The dimensions on these first runs are best guess, I am seeing how much demand there would be for the designs I already have and seeing if there are any other ideas that could be remedied with printed parts. I have enough background in the parts industry to sustain on more than just Taurus parts even as a side hustle, but this forum and the SHO were definitely the inspiration. feel free to share ideas for other parts, how to improve what I have here, and what you think of what I already have.

Moderators: I'm not selling anything or asking for money for a start up, just sharing an idea and if there is interest I will make real offerings with prices in the proper area.
Good stuff man! I actually designed and printed a screen visor for mine. Took a couple short running test prints to get the angle how i wanted to match the dash angle (about 10 layers). But its been in my car for about a yr and a half with no issues. I printed it with gray and wrapped it in leather wrap. Just to match the interior. But.. any 3d printed part in a vehicle must be printed with ABS or it will distort in the heat and sun.
 

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Good stuff man! I actually designed and printed a screen visor for mine. Took a couple short running test prints to get the angle how i wanted to match the dash angle (about 10 layers). But its been in my car for about a yr and a half with no issues. I printed it with gray and wrapped it in leather wrap. Just to match the interior. But.. any 3d printed part in a vehicle must be printed with ABS or it will distort in the heat and sun.
I love it, I'm hoping the angle of the shade and added height of the pod will cast some shadow down to help with the washout too, didn't think to make one for the screen itself. What leather wrap did you use? Anything specific? It looks great, nice factory looking matte. I toyed with the idea of wrapping one of the pods to see how it'd look

I'm planning on using only ABS for the heat and durability concerns, and with that comes a few more things needed to print reliably so that's why I haven't started making anything yet, still doing side work to get this thing going.
 

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I love it, I'm hoping the angle of the shade and added height of the pod will cast some shadow down to help with the washout too, didn't think to make one for the screen itself. What leather wrap did you use? Anything specific? It looks great, nice factory looking matte. I toyed with the idea of wrapping one of the pods to see how it'd look

I'm planning on using only ABS for the heat and durability concerns, and with that comes a few more things needed to print reliably so that's why I haven't started making anything yet, still doing side work to get this thing going.
It was a roll of 3 in. wide leather seat repair tape. Amazon of course. I printed a gauge pod with an M5 bolt at the swivel and the bolt got hot enough in the summer that it melted. PLA is a no go. Nothing exclusive about a gauge pod though so i just bought one. We all shop the same websites lol I think you might be onto something though. Pretty cool stuff.
 

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It was a roll of 3 in. wide leather seat repair tape. Amazon of course. I printed a gauge pod with an M5 bolt at the swivel and the bolt got hot enough in the summer that it melted. PLA is a no go. Nothing exclusive about a gauge pod though so i just bought one. We all shop the same websites lol I think you might be onto something though. Pretty cool stuff.
I appreciate that and I hope so, I've slowed down posting my designs because ultimately I'm sure people would rather see products rather than concepts so until I start printing I'm just adding designs to my collection. I planned on running the prototype in PLA just to verify fitment and for the fact that itll print faster, and then ABS for final product. As it stands my plan is bare sanded abs in 2 and 3 pod configurations but I'm working on a modular style as well
 

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I've seen some people are printing parts on this forum, 3d parts are not a new thing but there is still a need for it. I'm considering (if I can find the capital to start it) starting up some kind of business to make custom lines of parts for anything but mainly to address the needs of the 4th gen SHO. I've had plenty of ideas, and plenty of time to look into it, today I decided to look into the actual design process and it seems simple enough to figure out. there is a lot more research that ill need to do but before I go through the whole gauging interest page or even buying the equipment to do it with, but i thought I'd shoot some ideas here. I've got a name, I've got ideas, and I have designs, now i need money and interest and I'll do it. I haven't used any kind of CAD program since high school so keep the criticism constructive please as these are essentially rough drafts:

First up is the center dash gauge pod, it has 3 52mm pods, a "visor" and a tapered design (literally my first attempt at any of this so I have to clip the long part off the end)View attachment 90187View attachment 90186View attachment 90185

Next im somewhat proud of, foglamp inserts to take the place of the DRL insert but retain the DRL bar. I still have to work out light mounting for both the fog lamp itself as well as the DRL bar but the insert itself was taken from a ford parts website and uploaded into the CAD program, it lacks contour which I also have to figure out but we are just starting here. SHO in raised letters on the lamp housing also, If I do this it would be available in different colors/materials and an optional kit including the MKT headlight switch that matches our factory **** and harness.View attachment 90183View attachment 90182View attachment 90181

Last is a pet peeve of mine that may already exist but I cant fit 2 big coffee cups in my cupholder, and on long trips with my wife we both have these massive stainless cups and we have to take turns as to whos is stacked on whos. this would slip into the pocket to the right of the gear shift with minimal overhang on both sides to accomidate the 4" diameter upper section of the cup, I may decide on an optional low profile version that just adds another cup holder to that spot.
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The dimensions on these first runs are best guess, I am seeing how much demand there would be for the designs I already have and seeing if there are any other ideas that could be remedied with printed parts. I have enough background in the parts industry to sustain on more than just Taurus parts even as a side hustle, but this forum and the SHO were definitely the inspiration. feel free to share ideas for other parts, how to improve what I have here, and what you think of what I already have.

Moderators: I'm not selling anything or asking for money for a start up, just sharing an idea and if there is interest I will make real offerings with prices in the proper area.
Can you make badges like a turbo shell Gary the snail that would be sick like the size of a **** cat badge ?
 

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Are people planning to upload their design files or just show them off?

Because I'd really like to print a few of the designs I've been seeing here, but I have zero skill computer designing myself
 
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Legit question
Are people planning to upload their design files or just show them off?

Because I'd really like to print a few of the designs I've been seeing here, but I have zero skill computer designing myself
I started the thread to see if anyone was wanting 3d printed parts, if there was demand I was planning to buy a printer and start printing. There's definitely demand so I'm in the process of raising money to buy the printer and then I'll be selling the parts themselves. Once the prototypes are in hand I was going to move to the gauging interest thread with prices and final products.
 

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I started the thread to see if anyone was wanting 3d printed parts, if there was demand I was planning to buy a printer and start printing. There's definitely demand so I'm in the process of raising money to buy the printer and then I'll be selling the parts themselves. Once the prototypes are in hand I was going to move to the gauging interest thread with prices and final products.
SWEEET!!!!
I'll definitely be one of your first customers then XD
 

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I started the thread to see if anyone was wanting 3d printed parts, if there was demand I was planning to buy a printer and start printing. There's definitely demand so I'm in the process of raising money to buy the printer and then I'll be selling the parts themselves. Once the prototypes are in hand I was going to move to the gauging interest thread with prices and final products.
You know, you might want to look into taking future orders to raise cash. Maybe offer 10 up at a reduced price to judge how many you might actually sell and get a few dollars to fund the project.
 

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I've seen some people are printing parts on this forum, 3d parts are not a new thing but there is still a need for it. I'm considering (if I can find the capital to start it) starting up some kind of business to make custom lines of parts for anything but mainly to address the needs of the 4th gen SHO. I've had plenty of ideas, and plenty of time to look into it, today I decided to look into the actual design process and it seems simple enough to figure out. there is a lot more research that ill need to do but before I go through the whole gauging interest page or even buying the equipment to do it with, but i thought I'd shoot some ideas here. I've got a name, I've got ideas, and I have designs, now i need money and interest and I'll do it. I haven't used any kind of CAD program since high school so keep the criticism constructive please as these are essentially rough drafts:

First up is the center dash gauge pod, it has 3 52mm pods, a "visor" and a tapered design (literally my first attempt at any of this so I have to clip the long part off the end)View attachment 90187View attachment 90186View attachment 90185

Next im somewhat proud of, foglamp inserts to take the place of the DRL insert but retain the DRL bar. I still have to work out light mounting for both the fog lamp itself as well as the DRL bar but the insert itself was taken from a ford parts website and uploaded into the CAD program, it lacks contour which I also have to figure out but we are just starting here. SHO in raised letters on the lamp housing also, If I do this it would be available in different colors/materials and an optional kit including the MKT headlight switch that matches our factory **** and harness.View attachment 90183View attachment 90182View attachment 90181

Last is a pet peeve of mine that may already exist but I cant fit 2 big coffee cups in my cupholder, and on long trips with my wife we both have these massive stainless cups and we have to take turns as to whos is stacked on whos. this would slip into the pocket to the right of the gear shift with minimal overhang on both sides to accomidate the 4" diameter upper section of the cup, I may decide on an optional low profile version that just adds another cup holder to that spot.
View attachment 90180View attachment 90179View attachment 90178

The dimensions on these first runs are best guess, I am seeing how much demand there would be for the designs I already have and seeing if there are any other ideas that could be remedied with printed parts. I have enough background in the parts industry to sustain on more than just Taurus parts even as a side hustle, but this forum and the SHO were definitely the inspiration. feel free to share ideas for other parts, how to improve what I have here, and what you think of what I already have.

Moderators: I'm not selling anything or asking for money for a start up, just sharing an idea and if there is interest I will make real offerings with prices in the proper area.
Looking at the models you have, it looks like tinkercad. Also the weird names that tinkercad generates if you dont name it yourself lol. I was curious were you imported these from? Tinkercad is pretty primitive for design but great for alternating imported files. Id like to try a couple though.
 
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You know, you might want to look into taking future orders to raise cash. Maybe offer 10 up at a reduced price to judge how many you might actually sell and get a few dollars to fund the project.
I'm already planning a reduced rate for the forum from what I plan to sell them on a resale platform (eBay, etsy). I just finished the side work that should fund the rest, I recently had a loss in the family so I won't be doing any orders until at least July. Still have to get the printer, print some proofs, iron out any issues. I want you all to have a solid product when you receive it

Looking at the models you have, it looks like tinkercad. Also the weird names that tinkercad generates if you dont name it yourself lol. I was curious were you imported these from? Tinkercad is pretty primitive for design but great for alternating imported files. Id like to try a couple though.
It is tinkercad and they do come up with some weird names lol. but I didnt import anything, everything was manipulated from scratch with basic shapes, no 3d scanning either. I'm not selling the designs though, I have too much time in to them to let them go.
 

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I'm already planning a reduced rate for the forum from what I plan to sell them on a resale platform (eBay, etsy). I just finished the side work that should fund the rest, I recently had a loss in the family so I won't be doing any orders until at least July. Still have to get the printer, print some proofs, iron out any issues. I want you all to have a solid product when you receive it


It is tinkercad and they do come up with some weird names lol. but I didnt import anything, everything was manipulated from scratch with basic shapes, no 3d scanning either. I'm not selling the designs though, I have too much time in to them to let them go.
Very sorry for your loss.
 
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Very sorry for your loss.
I appreciate it, normally I wouldn't throw my personal issues out there but I understand the demand for what I've already shown here and I want everyone to know that I'm not procrastinating, I'm taking care of family and working as much as possible in between to put the funds together for this. Almost there, but family first. I appreciate all the interest and the patience
 
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After a few weekends of side work and juggling family matters I have purchased a printer and I should have it by the end of the week. Im hoping to have some proofs in a couple weeks that i will post here with a link to the gauging interest thread where I will post forum prices along with contact information, barring any unforeseen issues I should be able to start taking orders by the end of the month. **MODERATORS: Please message me if there is a specific way you want me to handle this**
 

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After a few weekends of side work and juggling family matters I have purchased a printer and I should have it by the end of the week. Im hoping to have some proofs in a couple weeks that i will post here with a link to the gauging interest thread where I will post forum prices along with contact information, barring any unforeseen issues I should be able to start taking orders by the end of the month. **MODERATORS: Please message me if there is a specific way you want me to handle this**
**** yeah bro that’s awesome!
 
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