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    Default 88-91 MGM side trim clips

    I've been talking to a local 3D printing company for the past several months. We are very close to reproducing the 88-91 MGM side trim clip (that nylon bastard that always breaks). I'll be picking up the samples sometime this week. Now I just need to find a way to test fit them and then if anyone wants some, let me know. If we can get 10 folks wanting a full set of clips (10 clips IIRC is a full set), we can probably get a decent price. And if we ask real nice, maybe get a G-file or STIL that we can use on regular filament printers.

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    Clips are in hand. They printed them in various orientations. I've discussed slight changes to the model file for better use. Now I need someone with a car that's willing to break a few clips for testing.

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    Here's a pic of a few of them. I have 18 clips currently. We are looking to test this batch and see if any of these clips break. The person that lets me test these on their car will get any needed to replace anything that breaks on their car. Most of these should be fine. Some might break. These were printed in various orientations so they want to know which orientations don't work and optimize the process. They're saying they can probably make them in batches where final prices should be between 3 and 5 dollars per clip. Obviously this is better than not available at all as is the current state of things. We are also looking at open sourcing the model file once it's finalized. That way anyone with a 3D printer could print more. Obviously printing in nylon or better material will be preferred. These are printed with a commercial printer in nylon.

    Anyhoo... let me know if anyone wants to test these and can meet up to do so.

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    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein
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    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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    Elias stepped up. We'll see how this works on Sunday. I'm hoping to break a few of the new clips and find some that are very durable.

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    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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    They look impressive. Good luck.
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    good luck was had. Most of the clips (even the crappy prints that were overly smoothed) worked pretty good. Only broke one clip and that was probably from misalignment (not hard to do). Managed to mangle (bend) another couple as well so it did show a weakness in the broken one. The others bent, but didn't break, which is what we want to see. The bent ones were bent on the left leg.
    Pics... before, after install, after removal, and the broken/bent ones. I left Elias with 5 good clips that were from the half that were, what I considered) the better prints so his trim stays on the car.

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    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein
    rides: 88 MGM (SOLD), 93 Vic, 2000 Crown Vic, 2003 Expedition
    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73
    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by dmccaig
    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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