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3D printed switch blank -> USB adapter

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by LittleBlueTruck, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. Jul 26, 2019 at 3:36 PM
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    LittleBlueTruck

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    I just installed an aftermarket radio in my Tacoma and it has a rear USB input. I wanted to locate a plug somewhere in the dash that looked reasonably classy and so I 3D printed an adapter that fits in the place of one of the switch blanks in the lower console and accepts this:

    https://www.amazon.com/BATIGE-Square-Extension-Motorcycle-Dashboard/dp/B078LRSZDB

    Came out pretty good I think. If anyone needs to do something similar, I'm happy to share the SketchUp file.


     
  2. Jul 26, 2019 at 4:07 PM
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    wingnutj468

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    Nice job!
     
  3. Jul 26, 2019 at 4:38 PM
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    jtakeda

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    Makes me want a 3D printer
     
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  4. Jul 26, 2019 at 5:03 PM
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    BeLance89

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    would you be willing to print another one and sell it to me, pretty please? I dont have a 3D printer either but would LOVE to get rid of the USB cable in my glove box.
     
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  5. Jul 26, 2019 at 5:09 PM
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    JPinFL

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  6. Jul 26, 2019 at 5:11 PM
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    Nevin

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    I'm in for 1. :thumbsup:
     
  7. Jul 26, 2019 at 5:34 PM
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    Beater_Bimmer

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    Yeah - why not make a bulk batch of them? I'd buy.
     
  8. Jul 27, 2019 at 12:03 PM
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    95v6mt

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    if you send me a link to the drawings I have a friend who I can get to print a few, probably just for cost.
     
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  9. Jul 29, 2019 at 2:29 PM
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    LittleBlueTruck

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    I'm not in a position to produce or sell these given I'm using a 3D printer at work. However, sounds like @95v6mt can get it done. Here are links to the files:

    https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/mo...-Tacoma-Switch-Blank-to-Batige-USB-Adapter-v1
    https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/mo...-Tacoma-Switch-Blank-to-Batige-USB-Adapter-v2

    And here are some comments:
    • Version v1 of the drawing was drawn to the actual dimensions that I desired for the part.
    • This was my first 3D print and I learned that my 3D printer isn't accurate and prints the outside too big and holes too small---if I understand correctly, this is typical. So, v2 is a drawing that I redid so that given the errors my printer makes, it would come out the right size. By the way, this was printed on an Ultimaker 3 using generic PLA filament.
    • I stuck blue tape to the print bed. This helps prints adhere but it also gives the print a little bit of texture which looks right since the OEM interior pieces are textured.
    • Finally, since you print this upside down there is an overhang and 3D printers struggle with those. I had to clean up a few stray filaments from that area after the print but the affected surface is hidden behind the usb so it doesn't matter much.
    Best, Darrell
     
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  10. Jul 29, 2019 at 3:08 PM
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    Okay I will send the links to my friend. I talked to him, he said they would be cheap.

    I dont know the exact cost, lets assume under 15 shipped.

    how many want them????
     
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  11. Jul 29, 2019 at 3:10 PM
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    In for 1.
     
  12. Jul 29, 2019 at 3:40 PM
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    looks like 5 each if we can get a min of 10, plus shipping. He would need to order black filment, so that would add few days.
     
  13. Jul 29, 2019 at 4:42 PM
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    Make sure he's using a plastic that can withstand the heat of being inside a vehicle in the summer. PLA will not hold up, it will warp severely. You need to use ABS or something stronger.
     
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  14. Jul 29, 2019 at 5:50 PM
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    IN, I’ll take 2
     
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    do they sell those in dual USB config?
     
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    PLA definitely won't work in the heat.

    Thanks for the model, BTW - I plan on modifying it for other uses. I was going to order some nice carbon fiber filament, but they wont ship it to this hellhole. I've got something else that might work so I'll give that a shot instead. What's the best way for popping out the blank?
     
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    I'll take 2 as well!
     
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