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uk125250
01-16-11, 04:12 PM
I know this will sound really dumb, but what is the benefit of making CAD drawings? How does it translate over to actually building a physical model? Can the info be imported into a CNC machine program and create the parts? Sorry, I'm sure a lot of you will shake your heads when seeing this one.
Thanks

hot ford coupe
01-16-11, 05:30 PM
This is not a dumb question at all. The CAD drawings you see some of the builders involved with translate to a 3 D printer that makes the kit parts actually printing them in 3 D. The CAD drawing becomes the masters. You don't need to first build a prototype and then make molds. That's what TDR does. It's very new and it's called rapid prototyping. If you check the site www.TDRinnovations.com , you'll be able to see the results of the CAD work. The parts come out with a rougher surface than injected molded plastic which makes more finishing necessary, but the fit of the parts is great. Hope this is the answer you're looking for.

uk125250
01-17-11, 04:09 PM
Thanks for the reply. I checked out that website. Do they actually make parts for individuals, or is it too costly to do single items?

hot ford coupe
01-18-11, 09:46 AM
I'm not sure to be honest. The best thing to do is contact one of the partners. They're all here on the site. Contact Daytonatim, Don Garrett, or Rick. They'll give you the lowdown.

Don Garrett
01-18-11, 11:04 AM
Hey there newbie....got a name?
Yes TDR has & will produce individual parts, the cost would depend on what you want and whether it was a one off part or something that TDR would be willing to cast and put in their catalog.

Contact TDR through their email addy if you would like to discuss it further.

uk125250
01-18-11, 03:40 PM
Thank you Don, my name is Glen. I imagine the parts I want made will not be something they are going to want to put in their catalog. I don't see too many people building the off road motorcycles.

uk125250
01-18-11, 03:48 PM
I'm not sure to be honest. The best thing to do is contact one of the partners. They're all here on the site. Contact Daytonatim, Don Garrett, or Rick. They'll give you the lowdown.

Thanks again, sorry I asked a lot of questions.

hot ford coupe
01-19-11, 07:29 PM
Ask as many questions you want. There's never a limit. That's what we're all here for.