[TR] Your own T5 Conversion

Randall tr3driver at ca.rr.com
Wed Jan 23 17:50:33 MST 2013

> We're getting to the point where a 3D printer could produce the bell housing.

We're already there.  I read an article just the other day about a printer that could easily handle a bellhousing in several kinds of metal:
"Potential materials include high-grade steel alloys, tool steels, aluminum or titanium alloys, nickel-based superalloys, and cobalt-chromium alloys."

All it takes is money at the moment.  But I expect the prices to continue dropping dramatically as the printers gain acceptance.  Some home units are already below $1500 (though they don't handle metal or anything as big as a bellhousing).  And the 'toner' is still expensive too, from what I hear.

Of course, I'm still not crazy about trying to convert a TR3 into a MR2; I'd rather be making repair parts for A-types <g>

--- Randall

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