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Frank Enstein

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I know your pain, my replacement headlight housings are terrible and rattle around... We've taken on a TON of small projects for a bunch of cars and trucks recently and we'll put that one on the list for sure! Time-line wise it might be a while to get to but we'll keep you guys updated.

Our main GMT400 focus right now is the 88-94 holley dash bezel and a radio delete panel for the same years to house the holley 3.5" monitor, or whatever else we decide to put in that space (backup camera screen?). Also in testing is a tailgate handle for pickups that also houses a backup camera (like new model trucks).

We've also started using a new material / printer that allows us to pop parts out about 2x as fast, and for about half the price. We plan to offer that on our current products eventually so stay tuned guys!
What kind of materials do you have/what are their properties strength, flexability, & etc.?
 

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I was thinking Nylon as well. We have a carbon fiber reinforced filament too, but the raw nylon is actually stronger and more impact resistant and suited to the outdoor enviornment.
When I was a kid we used to boil our RC car wheels and suspension parts made from Nylon to make them stronger and more impact resistant or at least we thought so. We would dye them with fabric dye(RIT) too. Do you know if that actually did anything?
Would it be possible to make the threaded parts that the release pins thread into the plastic directly? The brass inserts aren't needed I believe and it just makes the plastic thinner around it.
 

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When I was a kid we used to boil our RC car wheels and suspension parts made from Nylon to make them stronger and more impact resistant or at least we thought so. We would dye them with fabric dye(RIT) too. Do you know if that actually did anything?
Would it be possible to make the threaded parts that the release pins thread into the plastic directly? The brass inserts aren't needed I believe and it just makes the plastic thinner around it.

Maybe if there was some residual stress from the molding process boiling might relieve some of that (sort of a mock annealing) but I'm not well versed on that aspect of polymer materials science... Our parts can be dyed using a similar chemical process, but we haven't tested if it offers an increase in strength.

We usually don't like to thread the plastic itself due to stretch and wear on the female threads. Inserts usually are better as a long term use product, and dimensions of the supporting material can be adjusted for strength as required
 

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Maybe if there was some residual stress from the molding process boiling might relieve some of that (sort of a mock annealing) but I'm not well versed on that aspect of polymer materials science... Our parts can be dyed using a similar chemical process, but we haven't tested if it offers an increase in strength.

We usually don't like to thread the plastic itself due to stretch and wear on the female threads. Inserts usually are better as a long term use product, and dimensions of the supporting material can be adjusted for strength as required
Thankyewvurrymuch! I can't wait to get rid of my cheap composite headlights and put quads on.
 
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