Car Wiper Blade Adapter

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

  1. MichaelMueller
    MichaelMueller Well-Known Member

    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. :)

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

    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.

  7. bartv
    bartv New Member
    Hey Michael,

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


  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.

  9. MichaelMueller
    MichaelMueller Well-Known Member

    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.