Goal was to make a reliable means to fix a sunshade in rear window of Nissan 370Z. This print serves as a receiver for a fiberglass rod which can then be inserted into the hooks on the underside of the trunk hatch, tapered for a flush fit with these hooks.
•Rod - Hillman Group, 0.32in / 8.1mm dia, cut down to a length of 940mm +10/-0, suggest sanding ends to semi-spherical blunts.
•Sunshade - Auto Expressions Jumbo Sunshade (only need one, but it is a 2 pack)
My Successful Prints:
•Inland ABS, Black, 1.75mm
•260ºC Noz/100ºC Bed (Elmers glue stick if adhesion problems, otherwise just clean glass)
•Brim style "Raft", helps fort the build support.
•Units in mm
•Orient print with shortest part of side wall facing up (+Z).
•Print several at once, since the supports inside tube are hard to remove and may split walls in doing so, need 2x good mounts for this project
•Make sure to completely remove raft on each piece after print, sanding is recommended if not a clean removal.
•Removal of internal support material is important, as leftover surface will throw the hole out of tolerance and cause it to split when the fiberglass pole is inserted
The butted ends are for the outsides and the hollow sides are for the insides. Since the grain of the print is in the direction of the walls, the mount will hold it's position once in the hook of the car. To reposition, slide all the way out, rotate slightly, then slide back in. Keeping this in mind, slide both mounts into their respective hooks with the hollow ends facing each other. use the above process to get the outer and inner edges flush with the outer and inner edges of the hooks. Once the position is found, slide both mounts outwards, out of the hooks, approximately half way, or equal amounts to make room for the fiberglas rod to fit between them. Once the fiberglass rod is in position, slide the mounts inwards back into the hooks and simultaneously over the fiberglass rod. Once this is complete, the rod's ends should be inside the mounts, with the mounts edges again being flush with the hooks.
This setup enables the sunshade to sit with one lip between the black plastic and the glass at the top of the hatch ( the side towards the front of the car), and the other lip between the fiberglass rod and the hatch plastic. When inserting, make sure the shorter sides of the sunshade are on the left and right, rather than top and bottom. This setup will give you almost 100% coverage of the rear window. Keeps your car ridiculously cooler when parked for extended periods of time.