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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 05-10-2017, 10:48 AM   #1
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So I have been designing and fabricating equipment at work for several years using AutoCAD, Blender, Sketchup, and Solidworks. They all have their advantages, but for the person looking to get into to part development, Sketchup is the way to go.

Getting to the point though, I don't want to pay $100 for a standard anodized aluminum boring headlight bracket when I've spent a year and wayyyyy to much energy getting my bike to the state it is in. SOOO I have started to design custom parts that I can print with a local 3D printer I've worked with before. The pics are the design for the first iteration headlight bracket I came up with for 45mm right side up forks. It is currently being printed and I should have an update this evening or tomorrow. Total cost with heavy duty Titan ABS in black was $55 (10 of which was start up, so more parts = less money).

I'd love to hear comments and advice on design, and if anyone is looking for part prototypes and tweaks I can do it with just a few measurements and your input. My guy can do 3D prints and CNC with different materials. The next part on my 3D list is a gauge cluster bracket to mount on my Protaper bar an ignition holder to move the key away from the bars, and a chain guard. Then a poly-carbonate clutch cover on the CNC.

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 05-10-2017, 08:46 PM   #2
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very cool man. do you have any concerns over long term it becoming brittle? will printed abs wether the elements and deal with heating and cooling long term with load on it?
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Not sure I would trust plastic for this application either.
Least I would want is metal collars where the fixings go through, so you're not compressing the plastic.

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I might be interested in some custom parts.

So, your guy can CNC your CAD drawings from 6061 aluminum? What about 6AL-4V titanium?
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Maybe do a design with dual clamps on each side to reduce the amount of clamping pressure on each clamp required to support the headlight? Like this, http://www.streetfightersinc.com/ima...ighBracket.jpg

Also, what is UV resistance like on the material you are using? That has always been my biggest concern with 3d printed materials. I've seen some materials degrade quite rapidly in the sun.
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very cool man. do you have any concerns over long term it becoming brittle? will printed abs wether the elements and deal with heating and cooling long term with load on it?

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Not sure I would trust plastic for this application either.
Least I would want is metal collars where the fixings go through, so you're not compressing the plastic.
Im not too worried about abs getting brittle. The specific material I am using is significantly stronger than standard ABS as well. I don't remember if its TITAN or APOLLO, but they are both high end printing materials. Metal collars is good thought though, I'm hoping the four M8s will displace most of the pressure pretty evenly to avoid damaging the mounts. I did bulk up the mounting points though.


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I might be interested in some custom parts.

So, your guy can CNC your CAD drawings from 6061 aluminum? What about 6AL-4V titanium?
I do the designs and drawings, he proofs them and then prints. As for Titanium, I can check. What're you looking to create exactly?

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Maybe do a design with dual clamps on each side to reduce the amount of clamping pressure on each clamp required to support the headlight? Like this, http://www.streetfightersinc.com/ima...ighBracket.jpg

Also, what is UV resistance like on the material you are using? That has always been my biggest concern with 3d printed materials. I've seen some materials degrade quite rapidly in the sun.

The dual clamp is a great idea, if this doesn't seem to support the light well enough thats version 2. I've seen that one around and almost bought it outright. As for UV degradation, I think its going to be alright. A lot of ABS parts are out there, and I'll likely paint these anyway.
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I do the designs and drawings, he proofs them and then prints. As for Titanium, I can check. What're you looking to create exactly?
I've already created a shitload of titanium and aluminum parts. Now working on a titanium adapter for mounting exhaust tips. Not sure what will be next.

Always looking for more help getting things done. The few machine shops I use are very good, so they are always busy, and waiting times are long.
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So here is the rough printed product. They came out great, and just need a bit of sanding and paint. They fit the forks perfectly and have the right amount of flexibility/stiffness to resist failing while absorbing vibration. I'll put up a photo of the final product when I get them sanded painted and installed.

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So here they are. I went with an orange finish, which came out good but I might go back to black.


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