Custom 3D printed cockpit


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kndw
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Custom 3D printed cockpit

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Hi all,

When I ran my GL with a fairing and audiosystem installed, I sometimes found that playing music would put too much load on the charging system. To monitor this, I installed a voltmeter; first a small digital one, mounted in a small metal case near the crash bars, but this didn't look right. I then decided to build a custom cockpit, with a voltmeter out of the dash on a 78 a GL1000. The project is finished, and I thought you might appreciate it, so here is a little report.

First, I made a sketch of what it should more or less look like in the end




I got myself two voltmeters to experiment with. I took them apart, and inspected them, and mixed up model-airplane enamels to match the green color of the factory gauges as close as possible




Then, I took out the original cockpit, carefully took its dimensions and transferred them into the computer, adding a slot for the voltmeter




This design was only 2D, so it needed to be transferred into a 3D program. I used FreeCAD to design the part. The image below is from printing software




Once the design was finished, I got it printed. This took several tries. The first was using a simple printer my brother has at home. Unfortunately, this didn't work out very well: the part came out warped, and the pins for the screws broke off. After that, I got it printer professionally, and tested the fit of the voltmeter




This fitted well. The next step was to even out the surface...




then paint it and install the voltmeter and indicator lights (LED). For this, I ordered wires and connectors that matched the honda originals as closely as I could find, so everything should connect without problems




Finally, I installed it on the bike:




I'm really happy with the end result. Even though I no longer have the fairing/audiosystem on the bike, it is nice to be able to keep an eye on whether the bike charges properly.


heli_madken
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Re: Custom 3D printed cockpit

Post by heli_madken »

That looks brilliant and right up my street in using modern technology on an old bike.

Well done and thank you for the tip on my Vetter fairing post I will keep an eye on how the charging system performs, I do intend upgrading the stator during next winter

Ken
Philippe3112
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Re: Custom 3D printed cockpit

Post by Philippe3112 »

Hello kndw

Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful work. It both nice looking and useful. I have one question and one kind request:

Do you have the 3D cockpit design with the original dashboard lights shape?

Can you share the 3D file to allow me to print the part locally

Thank you in advance for your réponse
Regards
Philippe3112
Winger1957
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Re: Custom 3D printed cockpit

Post by Winger1957 »

Really beautiful work. You can sell that. How did you repaint the voltmeter and retain the original graphics? And did you also paint the speedometer and tach?
kndw
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Re: Custom 3D printed cockpit

Post by kndw »

Thanks for the compliment :)

In fact, I decided to put the model on Shapeways: https://www.shapeways.com/designer/kndw/creations. If anyone wants one, let me know -i've not actually used Shapeways before. I could also make custom changes.

The voltmeter graphics I just painted around very carefully with a brush and the paint diluted a bit for good flow. It isn't perfect, but close enough!
Philippe3112
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Re: Custom 3D printed cockpit

Post by Philippe3112 »

Good afternoon kndn I have visited the web site indicated. Fair to say that the site is useless and does not allow any purchase. Do you envisage something more practical such as eBay or similar ?

Regards
Philippe
kndw
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Re: Custom 3D printed cockpit

Post by kndw »

I see, that's disappointing... I need to figure something else out then!
kndw
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Re: Custom 3D printed cockpit

Post by kndw »

I contacted the company, and they have now made the models accessible. Could you try again? Feel free to contact me for anything regarding this.


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