3D print shroud guards to fill in the ribs

Jayfox911

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I was thinking one of you Guys with 3D printers should try and make clip on parts for the ribs on the shrouds.

The new part would cover the ribs to make the shroud smooth.
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@Jayfox911 -- Do you wear knee braces? I do, and smooth or rough ribs make no difference to me. What I want though is them gone completely, so that the front of the bike is as narrow as it should have been.
I do wear braces when on a track but I also ride in shorts around my property and when riding with my kids I don’t wear braces.
Yesterday, I had my kid on the front and I squeezed my knees over some bumps, which pushed their legs into the ribs. That made the kid cry out in pain... oops... so i thought I could just put something over ribs but even better would be clip on 3D parts.
 

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This is definitely a more realistic idea than a complete new shroud design. Could maybe even do something in carbon fiber. Why didn’t we think about this sooner?:unsure:
 

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@Jayfox911 What I want though is them gone completely, so that the front of the bike is as narrow as it should have been.
What we need to do is create a custom graphics template for the frame and have some good thick graphics printed up to protect it. Then you can go shroudless and have the frame protected from the abrasion from your legs. There is a YouTube video somewhere that shows how to do custom templates. Any graphics company can take it from there.
 

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What we need to do is create a custom graphics template for the frame and have some good thick graphics printed up to protect it. Then you can go shroudless and have the frame protected from the abrasion from your legs. There is a YouTube video somewhere that shows how to do custom templates. Any graphics company can take it from there.
I tried contacting FAMMX with this request, but I haven't heard back.

I have a spare front bulkhead I can mail to one of these shops if they want to make the template themselves. I have seen the YouTube video, but I thought I would rather leave it to the professionals to come up with the template design that will stick and stay stuck.
 

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Another option is to use a thin and stretchy 3M vinyl that @OneLapper uses (I still can't find the picture of his bike here!). And then, on top of that, use a thick friction tape. I think I have seen it at Home Depot. It won't look as pretty as a custom graphics kit though.
 

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What we need to do is create a custom graphics template for the frame and have some good thick graphics printed up to protect it. Then you can go shroudless and have the frame protected from the abrasion from your legs. There is a YouTube video somewhere that shows how to do custom templates. Any graphics company can take it from there.
This would be great! I have to double up the 3M vinyl and have still worn through it on occasion. The thicker MX decals would work better
 
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Funny that Everyone starts talking about the same things at the same time.

I hit Rashid up this last weekend about the same thing, seeing if there were any working versions of the new 2020 Alta plastic that we could scan in the north bay on a micron precision scanner. Had no idea this thread was in existence, but knew of the older ones.

I have done some 3D scans of my friends kawasaki attempting to get the shape of a truly comfortable radiator guard, we came to the realization that the best way would be to scan the bike for its mounting locations as they are fixed and the plastics tend to flex or deform slightly when printing them.

We have been working in isolation on this issue, if someone has a comfortable faring and is good with the healing of scanned surfaces RE: Geomagic X or Some other freeware surface modeling program. Our issue is that we develop good scans, the healing is truly the missing link here.

Any small defect in the surface mesh makes it so the surface to solid transition is tooth pulling error filled process in Solidworks

If there was a fixture guide from one of the Alta peeps with a 3D sketch of those hole offsets (& frame rail, I wish), that would be remarkably useful.
 

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