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3D Printed Shifter Knob (1st gen)

Discussion in 'Technology' started by slodoug, Mar 6, 2021.

  1. Mar 6, 2021 at 1:33 PM
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    slodoug

    slodoug [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Thought I would create a new thread rather than let it get lost in a wider one.
    This will create a 3d Printed Shifter knob with the Tacoma Logo for 1st gen Tacomas.

    1. Download the design:
    https://www.tinkercad.com/things/hUWeecWWND0

    Modify it if needed, but keep the nut size where it is. You can also replace the ball with some other shape.
    2. Buy the nut: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YQC45JL
    3. Buy some epoxy. I got https://www.amazon.com/Gorilla-Epoxy-Minute-ounce-Syringe/dp/B01M7VD07W

    I would suggest printing it using PETG or ABS in your color of choice. I used a raft support when slicing in CURA. You will need to clean and trim a bunch off the bottom after printing.

    4. I coated (dipped) mine in clear acrylic. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002JE60W2
    Let it dry at least 72 hours until the tackiness is gone.

    5. After your ball is ready, take a marker, the nut and ball to your Taco and screw the nut onto the stick. Add the Ball in the orientation you want it. Use the ball to unscrew the nut while holding it in, then turn upside down so you can mark 2 sides of the nut facing the top of the logo. This way you know which way it goes in during the epoxy stage.

    6. Turn the ball over and put the nut next to it exactly how you will insert it. Mix the epoxy. NOTE: you have only about 1/4" you can fill in the ball before you'll infringe on the threads where the stick stops so don't add too much. The epoxy i bought comes with a stick to mix it that can also be used to scoop out extra if you fill it too much.

    7. Take something to hold the ball upside down while the epoxy dries. I used a wine glass. Allow at least 24 hours to cure.

    Enjoy! If anyone wants one made (with or without the parts), let me know and we can discuss colors, filament type and cost.

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  2. Mar 8, 2021 at 8:54 AM
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    eddyizm

    eddyizm Well-Known Member

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    Well that's pretty cool! My buddy is rebuilding his 1st Gen so he may be interested.
     
  3. Mar 8, 2021 at 8:58 AM
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    slodoug

    slodoug [OP] Well-Known Member

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    i should add that the epoxy needs to be mixed good beforehand, mine is still wet a few days after so i added hardener.
     
  4. Mar 29, 2021 at 8:30 PM
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    slodoug

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    also, i'm going to re-print in translucent blue pet-g, and leave it uncoated. The acrylic clear i used gets a little tacky in the heat.
     
  5. Mar 30, 2021 at 8:06 PM
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    slodoug

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    translucent blue pet-g. im gonna try and squeeze a usb LED inside it before the nut.

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  6. Apr 23, 2021 at 1:40 PM
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    slodoug

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    tried the USB led strip on it but the led's came apart with little effort so i'll just epoxy it without the light.
     

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