CRF250L Dash Plate

Discussion in '2012+ CRF250L General Discussion' started by Chris911, Mar 2, 2020.

  1. Chris911

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    Hi all,

    So I'm kind of a gadgety guy and recently designed and 3D printed this CRF250L dash plate as a place to mount my USB/voltage charger and my accessory switches. (Its "off season" here in the Midwest so we gotta do something to keep busy)

    Before I spend any more time on this (although its nearly done) does anyone else offer something like this? Any great ideas I should incorporate? I'm designing it to be snap-on so I can take it on and off and I prototype it.

    THanks for any feedback.

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  2. superfunkomatic

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    That's a cool idea. I haven't seen anything like it. Is it just friction fit?
     
  3. Chris911

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    Initially it was but I have since improved the design to actually snap in around the computer and even added a logo. :)

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  5. Merritt64

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    Wow, that is awesome! Most stuff that guys manufacture at home to save money look like they were manufactured at home. Not your dash plates. Nice work. :thumbup:
     
  6. Chris911

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    Thank you for the kind words. It was a fun project. Actually listed them on our website with options to customize the size and locations of the holes. I don't expect to actually sell any but what the heck. :)
     
  7. Merritt64

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    What is the name of your website please?
     
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  9. superfunkomatic

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    It's an excellent idea for using that space! It has lots of potential for mounting a voltmeter, switches, and USB sockets.
    I'm not sure how expensive 3D printing is but $50 plus shipping to Canada puts this mod a bit out of reach. You might be able to sell the plan for those that have access to a 3D printer. Just a thought...
     
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  10. Merritt64

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    I agree with superfunkomatic, US$50 plus shipping puts this mod out of reach for me as well. I would love to install one however. It's a brilliant use of space.
     
  11. Chris911

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    Thanks for the candid feedback. I've mounted a Voltmeter/USB port and a switch for my LED projectors on it. You can see that on the second post.

    So regarding price - what do you feel makes this reasonable? The material cost is negligible ($4-5). It's labor time. What do you feel is a fair price?

    I set it at $50 because there is considerable labor time in setting up custom hole locations. I could make it solid instead of a matrix fill to make it "drillable". That makes setup time just 5-6 minutes each (vs. 30-40) but increases print time from 7 to 13 hours.

    BTW I have some extras. If you are willing to test and provide me feedback - happy to send them for a nominal cost. (Shipping and $5 in material cost)
     
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  12. Chris911

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    You can see here a "Traditional" print where the inside is a matrix instead of solid. This saves material and print time but then you cannot drill your own holes.
     

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  13. Chris911

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    If I print it solid instead of matrix fill - I can make it thinner and modify some support areas to reduce print time. THat will make it drillable so I don't need to charge for much setup time and reduce material cost and print time.

    Thanks for the suggestions. This reduces the print time to 5.75 hours from 7.5 ; I'm going to print one and see how drillable it is.

    If you want to try a version out, let me know.
     
  14. superfunkomatic

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    I think that $20-25 would be reasonable. I agree, it's always labour and time put into the project and shipping organization that would be the most costly.
    I didn't realize they were so time-consuming to print - that's a lot of time to print them for sure.
    I have a voltmeter tucked up in that top spot already but having a more finished and drillable place would be better. I could put a hole in it for the cabling for my voltmeter (likely a tiny 3-5 mm hole).
    I'll take you up on your test deal if you like for a drillable one. I can send you payment by Paypal when you're ready. Just send me a DM.

    Mike