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ZPrecision cup holder

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by C-Rok275, Sep 18, 2022.

  1. Sep 20, 2022 at 8:39 PM
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    MaverickT883

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    You know, I’m tempted to take ya up on that :rofl:

    Point understood tho. Wasn’t so much trashing on it, just more so what I’d do. I do also have the advantage of owning all the equipment, having the experience and knowledge to make it and design it in a low amount of time. Which, a company has to pay for.
     
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  2. Sep 20, 2022 at 9:25 PM
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    Mine was delivered today, I can't wait to install it! Being from Oregon, I'm a staunch Hydroflask user and I love my wide-mouth. I'm stoked to finally find an OEM looking solution for fitting it in the cup holder.
     
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  3. Sep 21, 2022 at 2:40 AM
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    Hence the beauty of capitalism. If you identify an underserved market where you can supply it with a cheaper product have at it
     
  4. Sep 21, 2022 at 4:09 AM
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    Hope you're not selling to people in Texas. It's supposed to be a hundred degrees here today. My truck will easily exceed 110 in the Sun
     
  5. Sep 21, 2022 at 4:58 AM
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    I’m Canadian. Wasn’t planning on making it a mass produced product. Could always go to a higher temp print material as well. Just what I’d personally do.
     
  6. Sep 21, 2022 at 5:20 AM
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    What if you used a Velcro strip? Or design some thing that attaches to your fav coffee container, and is used to mate to and hang on some mount attached to the dash or the door.... Or...or...or the A pillar?
     
  7. Sep 21, 2022 at 9:16 AM
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    Hey guys, this is Andrew from Z Precision. Firstly I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased my product, the response has been overwhelming and I really appreciate the support for my small business. I put a LOT of effort into these and its been almost a year long process to get to this point so it feels great to finally be able to ship these out an hear all of the positive reactions from happy customers.

    I have seen a lot of chatter about the price, and people saying "oh its a $0.50 piece of plastic" or "I could design that in two hours and 3D print it for 10 cents". I have been a Solidworks user for 20 years and have designed literally thousands of parts, dozens of which are injection molded, and I can tell you that the time I spent designing and prototyping this was orders of magnitude greater than what others claim they could achieve. I used 3D scanning to accurately reproduce the compound curvature of the OEM cupholder mating surface. I purchased half a dozen protoypes which cost hundreds of dollars a piece (I have a home made 3D printer, but it is not big enough nor accurate enough to use for this purpose so I had to outsource) to fine tune the fit and make the product as OEM level as possible. I use a 3D modelling software that costs $8,000 running on a $4,000 laptop. I researched resins and pored over spec sheets to try to find the same exact material that Toyota uses in the original cupholder (PP+EPDM with 20% talc fill). I spent tens of thousands of dollars of my own money on a mold to produce these parts, not knowing if I would ever be able to make my money back.

    Time is our most valuable resource and I believe people should be fairly compensated for their efforts. It is not my goal to run a non-profit business. While I do enjoy designing and making car parts, I don't do it purely for fun. So yes, the price I have chosen is a reflection of all of the above and I appreciate the hundreds of people who recognize that and are willing to pay for a quality product. Thank you again to all of my customers!
     
  8. Sep 21, 2022 at 9:26 AM
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    That was a great summary of what it takes to design something of high-quality. KUDOS.
    If someone wished to roll their own, they could use some PVC schedule 40, glue a bottom on it, and bolt it or velcro it to the side of the center shift console. And it would look like !@#$%^&*(...
     
  9. Sep 21, 2022 at 9:35 AM
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    ok, but to further illustrate my point...

    When the temperature outside makes it to around 70 degrees, temperature inside a closed car will rise after:

    • 10 minutes: 90 degrees
    • 20 minutes: 98 degrees
    • 30 minutes: 104 degrees
    • 60 minutes: 112 degrees
    Better get the high temp stuff.
     
  10. Sep 21, 2022 at 9:59 AM
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    I just ordered mine!
     
  11. Sep 21, 2022 at 10:03 AM
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    How hard is it to swap out?
     
  12. Sep 21, 2022 at 10:11 AM
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    For a well designed and properly injection molded product $65 seems on point. In my case its my girls water bottle that doesn't fit so I'm going to hold off unless she see's one of their advertisements.
     
  13. Sep 21, 2022 at 10:16 AM
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    Looks cool, I dont carry nalgenes anymore unless Im hiking. Ol trusty Yeti the last 5yrs for me.

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  14. Sep 21, 2022 at 10:26 AM
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    this comes to mind…

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  15. Sep 21, 2022 at 11:51 AM
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    I could not have put this any better myself! Now for the version for the manual transmission:D
     
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  16. Sep 21, 2022 at 12:19 PM
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    Well I see value in it and put in an order for one. Are there instructions somewhere on how to install it?
     
  17. Sep 21, 2022 at 12:46 PM
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  18. Sep 21, 2022 at 12:52 PM
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    So basically, you’re a billionaire, right? :D
     
  19. Sep 21, 2022 at 2:04 PM
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    @Tacomacup can you make one for the cup holders behind the center console?
     
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