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Old 09-18-2012, 09:13 AM   #1
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So I bought One of these, and it was a peice of junk, ripped apart my whole dash and it didnt fit
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Realizing I have so many useful tools at my disposal such as computer controlled Plasma/Laser cutting table and lots of computer software, I decided to start making my own

First one with 2 gauge holes and "SAAB" cut out(not all the way threw)





Im going to try with many different types of Materials and Designs and ill post more pictures along the way.
Ive got a order of .25in thick Black Plexiglass on the way

Any other Ideas for things to make are welcome
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That's cool!

I would stick with three holes. How small can you cut the text? I think a small size font, and shallow cut would look nice and understated. Maybe put them on the bottom, between the three gauges. Spot on the left could say "Saab" and the other side could say "9-3" or something.
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Where are you going to mount this I want one
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Realizing I have so many useful tools at my disposal such as computer controlled Plasma/Laser cutting table and lots of computer software
oooooohhhhh realllly? Details please!

What CAD software are you using?
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The software is AutoDesk Inventor Pro. Really fun program. I pm'd you.
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Looks good. Plans to produce more than one?
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Where are you going to mount this I want one
It mounts right above a Single Din Radio, with the cup holder removed

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Looks good. Plans to produce more than one?
If everything works out correctly Ill be making at-least 5, in different designs and materials
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It mounts right above a Single Din Radio, with the cup holder removed



If everything works out correctly Ill be making at-least 5, in different designs and materials
Let me know, as I'd be interested in buying one if you go that route.
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Sweet project! It should be really easy to have a larger piece of plexi and program multiple units per cut. Engineering school toys?
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Good ole Inventor. Oh how I hate that program. Cool project, though.
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Hoping to put gauges in my 85 this winter. If this fits well in a normal DIN slot I'd be interested in one!
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Sweet project! It should be really easy to have a larger piece of plexi and program multiple units per cut. Engineering school toys?
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6 hours out of my 8 hour day I'm a lab assistant but my teacher never has anything for me to do, so I just get to chill in the Technology Department and play with all sorts of cool stuff.

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Hoping to put gauges in my 85 this winter. If this fits well in a normal DIN slot I'd be interested in one!
900 have bigger SID's I think, so I would need Dimensions if I did run a Batch of ones to fit in them
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900 have bigger SID's I think, so I would need Dimensions if I did run a Batch of ones to fit in them
Um, my 85 C900 has no SID... It has an upper DIN slot where the radio goes that I'd like to put gauges in. There is another DIN slot in the lower cubby that the radio can go in.
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Um, my 85 C900 has no SID... It has an upper DIN slot where the radio goes that I'd like to put gauges in. There is another DIN slot in the lower cubby that the radio can go in.
ohhh, sorry wasn't paying any attention to the year of your 900, my bad.
but it will be a different size from the ones im making. I'll get in contact with you after I make a few for 9-3's and Perfect my method along with finding the best material to use.
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If you are mounting in the radio din on a c900 you need a faceplate and a backing plate with some mechanism to hold the faceplate into the din opening. The backing plate gets held to the faceplate by the gauge mounting bracket. I've done something like this in the past. the backing plate has tabs at the top and rotating tabs at the bottom. Hook the top tabs in and push the unit into the opening with the bottom tabs in the up position, and then when you turn the mounting screws on the front side, they rotate down to hold the unit in place. Tighten the screws down to hold it in firmly. If you need to take it out, rotating the screws on the front of the faceplate in the opposite direction turns the tabs back up to release the unit.

I just cut mine out of thick aluminum with a hole saw and a scroll saw. I'm sure you guys with the high-tech equipment could do a better job.

(This is not to scale, just the concept)

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You might find that 1/4" acrylic is thicker (and more expensive) than you need. It scratches pretty easily, too.

If you want to try other materials, I suggest a thinner polycarbonate (a.k.a. "Lexan") or some foamed PVC material (a.k.a. "Sintra"). Sintra is relatively cheap, really easy to cut, and has a nice forgiving matte finish.
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Like the project.

However, Inventor I despise. Can't tell you how many times I wanted to kill myself using that software.

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Like the project.

However, Inventor I despise. Can't tell you how many times I wanted to kill myself using that software.

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Um, my 85 C900 has no SID... It has an upper DIN slot where the radio goes that I'd like to put gauges in. There is another DIN slot in the lower cubby that the radio can go in.
When can we reasonably expect that your 85 will have a SID? I assume you'll be adding one soonish.
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It'd be much better if you designed a pod like sleet had that mounts in the ash tray/cubby spot... bet you would sell 25-30 easy...
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