[TR] Your own T5 Conversion
tr3driver at ca.rr.com
Wed Jan 23 17:56:42 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>
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