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Old 04-10-2017, 01:12 AM   #21
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Thanks.

I went over to TinkerCad and signed in. Looks quite interesting and challenging.

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Old 04-10-2017, 03:27 AM   #22
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Doc, certainly interested in thoughts on making a better one or other useful printable things.

I'm on the student side of cad and 3D printing. However ... one thing I've learned through those before me is that there are many printer choices from disposable to heavy cycle duty work horses. It is good to observe and ask about the hardware used in print places.

There's many 3D places these days to test the water with. Check out libraries and Colleges for public printing access and classes. Even in my smallish town there's several maker type startups offering 3D training and print time.
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Old 04-11-2017, 04:51 PM   #23
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Old 05-10-2017, 10:51 PM   #24
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We've been sticking a pair of shoes under the rail that folds out and holds up the end of the bed to make it more level. Finally went out and measured the tube and made a cad file for printing some stand-offs that pop on/off easily but can stay on the bar full time. Very simple solution to the bed support bar that's too short.
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Old 05-25-2017, 02:47 AM   #25
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I revived (again) a GPS I recently replaced for the RV and it has detailed topo maps that are great for back roads. While the Jeep has NAV, it doesn't have Topo maps and we've been dual purposing the old GPS with a suction mount. Now we won't have to share a GPS in the rigs assuming the old one keeps working.

I looked for a mount that is a little less obvious than the windshield suction or beanbag perched on the dash and didn't find anything I liked. So I made one that clips to the hardtop latch to position the GPS right above the rear view mirror and pretty much invisible from the outside.
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Old 05-25-2017, 10:22 AM   #26
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I revived (again) a GPS I recently replaced for the RV and it has detailed topo maps that are great for back roads. While the Jeep has NAV, it doesn't have Topo maps and we've been dual purposing the old GPS with a suction mount. Now we won't have to share a GPS in the rigs assuming the old one keeps working.

I looked for a mount that is a little less obvious than the windshield suction or beanbag perched on the dash and didn't find anything I liked. So I made one that clips to the hardtop latch to position the GPS right above the rear view mirror and pretty much invisible from the outside.
Pretty darn cool!
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Old 06-07-2017, 09:27 PM   #27
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I've had what I think was a 12oz dixie bowl in the opening of the sewer dump hole instead of the threaded plug. It's been the same bowl for 2yrs. With the dump turned down the screw plug wouldn't fit and I wasn't about to rotate it all the time! The bowl just happened to be handy and fit perfectly.

Another issue was those wicked screws poking out the bottom of the bay just waiting to rip up some skin during a dump session! Certainly cutting them off from below helps but getting rid of that ring completely provides a little extra room that makes dumping so much easier

With the ring removed it revealed a crudely cut hole so I cut off a couple pointy spots to make it a little more round. Then drew up and printed a simple bowl shape to plug the opening much like the dixie bowl I'd been using that worked so well.
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Old 07-06-2017, 10:54 PM   #28
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I made a better fitting cup holder divider for the RV. The cup holder in there is quite a bit wider than those in my other cars and it has a round recess in the bottom that didn't fit my cup/mugs. So I made a wider divider and a plug to flatten the bottom surface (with finger hole for removal). One of these days I might pull the factory part and redo it for my needs but for now this works quite well to hold things handy for travel. The divider pops out easily and my mug doesn't tip into the hole when not perfectly aligned over top of it.
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Old 07-06-2017, 11:09 PM   #29
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Old 07-07-2017, 02:07 AM   #30
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FWIW... for those that have a 3D printer I've put a few of my designs out on Thingiverse where you can download all sorts of print files.

Also, if you're looking for good cad software... I've been using Fusion 360 (free/hobby use) to draw things pretty much exclusively because it seems easiest. Pretty happy with Cura (free software) but slice mostly with Simplify3D (somewhat better IMO but not really worth the cost).
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:12 PM   #31
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Battery Gauge & Device power ports

I wanted 12V & USB on the drivers side that I could turn on and off to power my phone, GPS and brake control. Also, I wanted a battery gauge ... so I got a set of these components mounted in a 4 place plate. The supplied plate of course didn't fit anywhere and I didn't really want to cut holes, so I printed an insert for the dash cubby hole and remounted the individual components.
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:24 PM   #32
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Old 07-13-2017, 03:13 PM   #33
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FWIW... for those that have a 3D printer I've put a few of my designs out on Thingiverse where you can download all sorts of print files.

Also, if you're looking for good cad software... I've been using Fusion 360 (free/hobby use) to draw things pretty much exclusively because it seems easiest. Pretty happy with Cura (free software) but slice mostly with Simplify3D (somewhat better IMO but not really worth the cost).
Some good ideas out there... Thanks for sharing! May have to raise one of these printers on my priority list... lol...
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Old 07-19-2017, 08:27 PM   #34
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3D printed SunShade for Garmin RV-770

I made a sun visor for the GPS ...
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Printed a hanger box to hold a couple items in some dead space of the back compartment.
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