Using the Makerbot 3D Printer for Production Rally Fighter Parts


The LM Lab team has been actively using the Maker Bot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to print sample parts, scale-down versions of parts, and smaller replicated pieces.  

Now, LM Labs has found a real-time production-specific use for 3D printing parts for the Local Motors Rally Fighter!

The first production 3D parts for the Local Motors Rally Fighter are officially in the test phase! We teased our first production run on Twitter on Friday: and just as expected we're ready to share the final product already! 

The current stock side mirrors used on the Rally Fighter (from a Dodge Challenger) have always required the integration of  1" machined mirror extensions to optimize the driver's field of view in the side view mirrors. These custom, machine-produced extensions were both time consuming to produce and expensive. The idea to 3D print the mirror extension began as a test.

 Could we do it? Would it work? Sure enough, the Maker Bot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer printed the part with the appropriate curvature and we were able to fit it accurately to connect the Rally Fighter and the stock side mirrors for the perfect view.

How Does it Work? The Maker Bot prints a support structure (the grid material seen in the video) around the extension part, requiring minimal post-production. (All you really have to do is snap off the excess grid material and you are ready to install). 

 The extension is then fitted and fixed to the Rally Fighter and the side mirror and will be completely covered by the vehicle wrap so the bright orange color of the extension won't be seen. 

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