Car Wiper Blade Adapter

Discussion in 'My Shapeways Order Arrived' started by MichaelMueller, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. MichaelMueller
    MichaelMueller Well-Known Member
    Hi,

    damned, I've bought the wrong wiper blade for my car ...
    Thanks to 3D printing, I was able to build an adapter. Actually it was cheaper to print it via Shapeways than buying a new wiper blade!
    Now I can use a windshield wiper which was designed for the newer model of my car.
    I've used the nice "coral red" which looks really cool now! The "strong&flexible" material works great and it fits perfect. :)

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  2. MitchellJetten
    MitchellJetten Shapeways Employee CS Team
    That is so cool!
    :eek:

    Smart idea!
     
  3. MichaelMueller
    MichaelMueller Well-Known Member
    Thank you Mitchell!
     
  4. bartv
    bartv New Member
    Cheaper to print than getting a new wiper? That's an amazing story, thanks for sharing!
     
  5. mygadgetlife
    mygadgetlife Well-Known Member
    Great work, this is the perfect use for 3D printing. Get those hard-to-get parts, make them yourself (via Shapeways, of course).

    Michael, it would be interesting to see how this stands up to the daily stresses of a typical wiper - the adapters packaged with most third-party blades are usually of a dense plastic or ABS like material.

     
  6. MichaelMueller
    MichaelMueller Well-Known Member
    Thanks guys!
    I hope it's robust enough, even at freezing temperatures.

    Michael
     
  7. bartv
    bartv New Member
    Hey Michael,

    did you remove the model? I'm curious how it went!

    Cheers,

    Bart
     
  8. MichaelMueller
    MichaelMueller Well-Known Member
    Hi Bart,

    you are right, thanks for asking!
    The adapter was stable enough but it nees to be modified a little. Right now the mounting angle is not perfect. Cause of this it makes some noise when it wipes.
    I'm not sure if I put it back in the shop cause I like to focus on jewelry.

    Michael
     
  9. MichaelMueller
    MichaelMueller Well-Known Member
    Hi,

    now the adapter is "visible" again. I also enabled the download function
    ... so if someone is interested in it, feel free to use or enhance the 3d model.
    I'll remove it from the shop in a week.

    Cheers!
    Michael