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#369439 - 30/09/2017 01:40 Final custom 3D fascia models
tfabris
carpal tunnel

Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 30784
Loc: Seattle, WA
Attached are the final 3D models for my custom fascia for Rio Car and empeg Car mk2/2a.



Notes:
  • These are intended to be printed at Shapeways with the "strong and flexible black plastic" printing option.
  • These are specifically for the purpose of custom mounting of the empeg display, using the Eutronix Display Extender, without a pull handle.
  • However, you are free to modify these for your own uses, upload them to Shapeways yourself, and print the new versions.
  • These are deliberately designed to be narrower than the original fascia, i.e., without the "ears" prodtruding above the handle.
  • Because the "ears" are gone on these fascias, any lens that you use will also need to have its ears carefully trimmed off in order to work as expected. Be careful not to crack your lens when trimming it: I recommend either a dremel tool cutting disc at low speed, or careful repeated scoring with an X-acto blade until it separates easily.
  • I have provided two versions, one with a rounded edge and one with a flat/squared edge. The flat one is meant so that you can take the source file and then modify it to easily add your own custom mounting points around the edges, and/or to change the shape and size of the outer edge to meet your needs and desires for your particular custom installation.
  • If you edit these yourself, open the attached ".blend" files in the 3D editing program Blender.
  • If you edit these yourself and then print them at Shapeways, make sure to re-export the files as "STL" files for uploading to Shapeways.
  • When uploading the STL files to Shapeways, I have noticed that their importer gives me guff about the size of the model, displaying an error message box. It does print them at the correct size though. Before printing, double check that the message says the correct expected size. In my case, the message said "we scaled your model using the meter scale, now your model at 6.68 x 2.265 x 0.236 inches, or 16.968 x 5.754 x 0.6 cm can be printed", which is the correct dimensions for my version of the models.
  • The size and fit of the holes for the left/right buttons are very tricky. If the button holes are too big, the buttons fall out, and if they are too small, the buttons "stick" and you can't press them. I have sized these holes to perfectly match and fit my translucent custom colored button set, but your button set may be different. In particular, I have found that the original factory gray buttons are a hair larger than the translucent custom colored buttons, and might stick a bit. If that happens, sand/file the button holes to be a tiny bit larger, but be careful not to go too big or else the buttons will fall out.
  • Remember, when reassembling, do not cinch down the fascia allen screws or the display board standoff bolts too tightly. They can strip very easily.


Blender file with curved edges: Custom Empeg Fascia - Curved Edge.blend
Blender file with flat edges: Custom Empeg Fascia - Flat Edge.blend

Enjoy!


Attachments
Custom Empeg Fascia - Curved Edge.blend (19 downloads)
Custom Empeg Fascia - Flat Edge.blend (17 downloads)
Photo of Fascia In Action.jpeg (116 downloads)

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#369440 - 30/09/2017 09:14 Re: Final custom 3D fascia models [Re: tfabris]
mtempsch
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Registered: 02/06/2000
Posts: 1992
Loc: Gothenburg, Sweden
NICE!

Really like the look of the finish, is that the default from the printer or has it been treated/applied/processed in some way?
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#369441 - 30/09/2017 10:08 Re: Final custom 3D fascia models [Re: mtempsch]
tfabris
carpal tunnel

Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 30784
Loc: Seattle, WA
Thanks!

That's the standard way that the Shapeways "black strong and flexible" plastic looks. smile
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#369442 - 30/09/2017 11:59 Re: Final custom 3D fascia models [Re: tfabris]
mlord
carpal tunnel

Registered: 29/08/2000
Posts: 13628
Loc: Canada
Great, thanks!

So.. when uploading to Shapways, it asks this:

Model Units: millimeters inches meters

Which should we select? EDIT: meters

Also, it rejects .blend as a filetype.
So, I loaded it into Blender to convert .. failed.

EDIT: Apparently it REQUIRES Blender version 2.79.
Working better now, thanks. No complaints from Blender, and no complaints about scaling from Shapeways when uploaded as "meters".



Edited by mlord (30/09/2017 12:22)

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#369443 - 30/09/2017 12:23 Re: Final custom 3D fascia models [Re: tfabris]
mlord
carpal tunnel

Registered: 29/08/2000
Posts: 13628
Loc: Canada
The "rounded edge" still looks flat -- I guess the rounding is a very tiny radius?

Thanks Tony!

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#369444 - 30/09/2017 12:41 Re: Final custom 3D fascia models [Re: mlord]
tfabris
carpal tunnel

Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 30784
Loc: Seattle, WA
smile You missed the step in my instructions which said something along the lines of "when uploading to shapeways, export as STL file first".
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#369445 - 30/09/2017 14:09 Re: Final custom 3D fascia models [Re: tfabris]
mlord
carpal tunnel

Registered: 29/08/2000
Posts: 13628
Loc: Canada
Yeah. But at least Blender showed "meters" on the display, so I then knew what to tell Shapeways! smile

Looks like I'm getting the only remaining blue Subaru Crosstrek Sport ("mid trim" model) from Eastern Canada -- they're sending a truck to a dealership 12 hours North of here to collect it for me.

There is a lot of space in the dash under the factory HU and climate controls in that model, so it may be able to mount the empeg sled "properly" with some effort. We'll see.

I'm holding off the 3D print job until installation time -- perhaps a custom mod to your fascia might do the job, or integrated into a larger dash-replacement fascia or something. TBD.

Oh, for the curious: Shapeways was quoting me CAD$30 (incl. delivery to Canada) for printing one fascia. There's a "free shipping" coupon, but dunno which country(s) it applies to.

Thanks again!


Edited by mlord (30/09/2017 14:16)

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#369446 - 01/10/2017 07:42 Re: Final custom 3D fascia models [Re: tfabris]
tfabris
carpal tunnel

Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 30784
Loc: Seattle, WA
Quote:
perhaps a custom mod to your fascia might do the job, or integrated into a larger dash-replacement fascia or something. TBD.


Exactly, that was the intention: Integrate the fascia into your own custom install by modifying the outside edges to match whatever shape you need them to match.
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#369459 - 03/10/2017 01:58 Re: Final custom 3D fascia models [Re: tfabris]
mlord
carpal tunnel

Registered: 29/08/2000
Posts: 13628
Loc: Canada
Oh.. and thus far, daily spam from Shapeways after signing up with them, despite their claim not to spam.

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#369460 - 03/10/2017 07:27 Re: Final custom 3D fascia models [Re: mlord]
tfabris
carpal tunnel

Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 30784
Loc: Seattle, WA
To their credit, when I unsubscribed from their unsubscribe screen, I didn't get any more email.
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#369463 - 03/10/2017 11:36 Re: Final custom 3D fascia models [Re: tfabris]
mlord
carpal tunnel

Registered: 29/08/2000
Posts: 13628
Loc: Canada
Less spammy than others, but still dishonest that way.

Thanks for setting it all up for us though, much appreciated!

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