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Hello SF !

It’s been a while, I’ve been away from SF in the last few months but I should be able to start coming back more regularly :) My MK3 is going well, asleep in my garage for the winter.

A friend of mine who also owns an MK3 asked me if I could print him an ash tray gauge pod with 2 switches. Looking online, I didn’t found any… Time to spend some time in FreeCAD again! :)

I’m quite happy with the design I came up with! It’s two parts, joined by spacers. At first I made the spacers directly in the front plate but it wasn’t practical to print. That’s why I made screwable spacers, works like a charm!

I made it available for free on thingiverse if anyone’s interested :

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Motor vehicle Steering wheel Camera lens Auto part Steering part


Automotive lighting Motor vehicle Automotive tire Automotive design Font
Motor vehicle Gas Machine Cylinder Bullet
Product Hood Automotive tire Vehicle Bumper
Audio equipment Gas Technology Auto part Film camera




I did a test, printed the front plate in black resin, mixing in some flexible transparent resin. The result is splendid!

Material property Electronic device Electric blue Circuit component Auto part



3D Parts view
Cylinder Engineering Auto part Gas Automotive wheel system


Have a nice day!
 

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Nice model, thanks for posting it! I like how you added the chamfered back edge on the front plate.

Are you using Catia to model these? I use it for work.
 

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Nice model, thanks for posting it! I like how you added the chamfered back edge on the front plate.

Are you using Catia to model these? I use it for work.
Thanks! :)

I used FreeCAD to create this. Funny thing about Catia : 20 years ago I used to be a sysadmin managing catia + vpm installations (V4 on UNIX workstations), but had no interest at all in 3D modelling at that time! I could have learned so much from the skilled mechanical engineers I was working with! Two decades later, (thanks to the 3D printers), I’m learning FreeCAD by myself haha :p

Are you a mechanical engineer? What kind of stuff are you designing in Catia?
 
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