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littlefreak3000

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3D Printed Tidy Tail
« on: February 20, 2016, 12:48:34 PM »
I've been toying with making a tidy tail in CAD. I've made one designed to take a LED strip for the brake light and turn signals. Not 100% sure of fitment and wondering if anyone had a 3D printer and could try it out. My other option is I could order it from makexyz.com for $40 (not bad for a tidy tail).
« Last Edit: February 20, 2016, 01:49:39 PM by littlefreak3000 »

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3D Printed Tidy Tail
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2016, 02:46:34 AM »
I have a makerbot printer. Send me a the file


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Re: 3D Printed Tidy Tail
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2016, 08:13:53 PM »
Got something to show you guys soon. Here's what I received from Shapeways today.

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Re: 3D Printed Tidy Tail
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2016, 07:45:54 PM »
Finally got it all installed. What do you guys think?






The idea of this was to make it as cheap as possible to print. So compared to my first model there is a lot less material here. It's still pretty strong though for sure. Mine is printed from the strong and flexible plastic and it lives up to it's name. The non polished ones have a bit of a fine grit sand paper like texture to them. Shapeways also offers a metalized print that from my reading is stronger but maybe a bit more brittle because it is so stiff. Also for the deep pockets you could get it printed in stainless steel but I don't feel that is needed.

Available for purchase at Shapeways. http://shpws.me/LZWf

I'll be updating the Shapeways page a bit more with exactly what parts I got from Digikey and how I wired it soon.
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Re: 3D Printed Tidy Tail
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2016, 11:24:15 PM »
Nice!

Got any more pics of the installation of the LED strip? Is it just stuck on?

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Re: 3D Printed Tidy Tail
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2016, 11:35:24 PM »
Nice!

Got any more pics of the installation of the LED strip? Is it just stuck on?

It is stuck on with 3M double sided tape. I designed the bracket to have a groove on top and bottom that the strip fits firmly between and hides the 3M tape.

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Re: 3D Printed Tidy Tail
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2016, 09:37:56 AM »
Just wondering if that will hold with weather/heat/etc. Let me know, looks pretty cool.

What do you do for license plate?

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Re: 3D Printed Tidy Tail
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2016, 09:59:29 AM »
Just wondering if that will hold with weather/heat/etc. Let me know, looks pretty cool.

What do you do for license plate?
The 3M stick should hold up fine its the same stuff you attach Go Pros to helmets with. The plastic would need 175 degrees Fahrenheit to degrade. Also for extra rigidity I used the spacer like a washer. The plastic is sandwich between the spacer and the bike.

It is surprisingly stronger than I thought it would be. I probably could have made it a bit thinner and used a little less plastic and for $45 (plus $15 for LED strip and like $5 in connectors) its a lot cheaper than other options I've seen.

Right now its zip tied to my passenger pegs. I'm thinking about making a bracket to attach it to the pegs properly next.

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Re: 3D Printed Tidy Tail
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2016, 11:06:06 AM »
if you do, maybe waterjet some, at bigbluesaw.com

I'd buy one.

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Re: 3D Printed Tidy Tail
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2016, 02:49:35 AM »
Hello littlefreak3000,

I am really interested with your modification. I have access to a Ultimaker 2 at work, would you mind sending me the file, or better put it on thingiverse if you want to share it to everyone?

I would print it in black ABS and report the mod here :)

Thank you.

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Re: 3D Printed Tidy Tail
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2016, 12:50:07 PM »
Sent you a PM.

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Re: 3D Printed Tidy Tail
« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2016, 03:22:53 PM »
Pretty Cool

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Re: 3D Printed Tidy Tail
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2017, 11:00:02 AM »
I just ordered one of these for my new empulse.  Thanks!!

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Re: 3D Printed Tidy Tail
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2017, 11:09:21 AM »
I just ordered one of these for my new empulse.  Thanks!!

Hope you like it. Feel free to ask any questions you might have about hooking it up or wiring it.
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Re: 3D Printed Tidy Tail
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2017, 11:29:53 AM »
Awesome will do! I ordered all the connectors and light you recommended.  Quick question though, does it have a plate mount?