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Benefits of Using Computer-Aided Design For Parts You Can't Buy

Many people have hobbies that involve dated paraphernalia. A good example of this is the vintage car restoration business. Your local auto parts shop does not stock the heater knob for a 1965 Aston Martin DB5. There might be a specialty business in England that has the part but there are not many companies willing to invest in reproducing a 65 year old part because there is insufficient demand. Maybe you own an aquarium and wish you had a small custom screen that would keep your fish from swimming into the water filter. Perhaps you have an antique lamp which is missing a part. Or maybe you want to replace unusable parts in the workings of an 18th-century firearm.


There is good news for these people. CAD software allows objects such as those described to be quickly modeled and then very accurately produced by a machinist or on a 3D printer. Many times these unobtainium parts are very simple but having them can make a hobby so much more enjoyable and a restored item. When an assembly of parts is needed, using CAD adds a high level of confidence that the pieces operate properly when mated together.

Shown below are several examples of parts designed and fabricated to fill unique needs.

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Mount for Akaso Camera

Custom Aquarium Lid

Custom Aquarium Lid
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Under-Dash Gauge Mount
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Steering Column Collar
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Replacement for Missing Control Knob
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Alfa Romeo Cable Bracket
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MG Oil Cap
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