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Date registered: Feb 2003
Vehicle: 2005 S55 ///AMG, 1997 S500 (Sold), 2001 CL600 (sold), 1992 500SEL (sold), 1996 C280 (sold)
Location: Boston USA
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Which 3D Printer?
Hey, this is a great idea!
The concept is a perfect fit for 3D Printing. Which model did you use?
I am in the 3D Printing business and one concern I have is heat resistance. A lot of 3D Printers do not use heat-resistant materials. That will cause the part to become distorted and allow unfiltered air to get into the motor. The worst eventuality would be that the motor will injest some small particle and gouge the cylinder linings.
That is particularly important on M119 and M113s as they tend to run at 95 C. In some cases, and W140 and R129 are known for this, they have some long-term issues with heat which manifests themselves in a variety of ways.
I know it can be a PITA, but have you tried Sintering (SLS) this part? 3D Systems, EOS and ARCAM (that's SES really) do this well. Or, print with a resin and cast into metal (also a bit of a PITA, I know).
I have a custom designed dual intake for a W140 5ltr motor. I'm sure it'll fit others as well. I designed this intake and printed it on a 3D printer. It bolts directly to the intake flange after removing all the plastic covers and stock dual flat filter set up. This intake is meant to fit two K&N style cone filters with 4" inlets. I'm a mechanical engineer by trade and can design you any custom part for your car that you want. I can design and 3D print things you wouldn't believe imaginable.
2005 S55 ///AMG - Obsidian Black over black, window tint, bumper marker tint, keyless-go, 4-place heat/cool seating, 4-zone ACC, parktronic, linguatronic (VCS), Bluetooth, power trunk, sunshades.
2001 CL600 Designo Silver - Parktronic, Distronic, Linguatronic (VCS) - sold
1997 S500L - Bordeaux over Parchment, 4-place seating, more wood trim, city lights, clear corners, C215 17" wheels - Sold!
1992 500SEL - Sold!