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Replacement Brera, Spider 159 Silver key Cap Ends

3D printed end caps, I drive a Brera 2.4 jtdm, my silver key cap ends decided to fall apart , crack bits of silver came away and finely the two parts that clip together gave up. I found it was impossible to buy the silver end cap, you have to get a second hand key or buy new, very expensive, I found a thread here describing this difficulty some months ago, someone had tried successfully to cast one in metal.
I decided to have ago at 3D printing the part and with the help of another design engineering friend have managed to have the part made. Hopefully attached some pictures. Its made from black strong nylon flexible plastic and Im very happy with the results. Uploaded the design file to an online 3D printing company called Shapeways, they did the job and posted part back to me. Its not silver, Ilike the new look black.
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This looks fantastic. I'll contact them for a version. Thanks
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Any idea how much one will cost.
Im pretty sure if you had a batch of these made and they fitted well at a reasonable price you would sell them all.
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Any idea how much one will cost.
Im pretty sure if you had a batch of these made and they fitted well at a reasonable price you would sell them all.
Jon, £26.00 from this website.

Brera, Spider, 159 Key Cap. (BCTCPZ4GS) by andyroma

You can spray it in silver / gloss black e.t.c and I'm sure it would look even better.

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pleased you like the key cap end and thanks for uploading the link to my shop, Shipping to the UK from Shapeways in the Netherlands is about £8 plus the tax takes the price to About £40. Buy more than one save on postage.

Uploaded some more pics..
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Looks good, I might be keen for a group buy
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Jon, £26.00 from this website.

Brera, Spider, 159 Key Cap. (BCTCPZ4GS) by andyroma

You can spray it in silver / gloss black e.t.c and I'm sure it would look even better.

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Joe have you used this website and bought this part? Or know anyone who has??
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Not trying to be too dismissive, but £40 for an inch long piece of plastic? Wow, I'm in the wrong job.
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Joe have you used this website and bought this part? Or know anyone who has??
No not personally, just saw the link in another thread and so linked it here.

If your key isn't broken, I suggest flaking off the foil, cleaning and then spraying with hammerite direct to rust spray, works an absolute treat and looks great.

But speaking from experience having any standalone item 3D printed is not cheap at all, not sure the breakdown of costs but small items aren't really profitable.
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If you deduct the postage charge Jimbon £8 and the 20% VAT do you still feel it as unworthy of consideration at £26, this includes the manufacturers (Shapeways) cut and material costs, Yes Im making a little,is your career change still inevitable.
How much is that new Key from Alfa £300.00 2'' long bit a plastic.
If you look on ebay you will find someone in Poland selling second hand keys for 199 Euro. Well hes trying.
I nearly forgot the seven test parts I had made over the last four months, the time spent developing the model....? cost me money
I've just released some new materials for manufacturing at Shapeways, the 14k gold plate is £121.41+ shipping + tax. It will never sell but the 3D generated model looks good.
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Can you prime and paint the 3d printer plastic ? if so a little sanding and paint could make these pretty epic.

Or even hydro dipping them. Carbon fire would be ace
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Thanks. Just ordered two! Thinking of trying to spray it silver, any advice?
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Black Strong & Flexible: Black nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.
This how the material is described by the manufacturer, an accurate description.
I don't think sanding will be necessary the surface is ideal for paint, i would spray, then possibly clear lacquer.
Please don spray the internal areas as there are some very precise recesses that receive the internal key part.
i had some test pieces made in silver plastic, they became dirty very quickly the black is far better. Left in its natural state the black nylon dose smooth down, quite tactile, I like this so mine are unpainted. I will paint a test piece and upload pictures.
I will upload to the gallery pictures of the development for those interested.
I have also made available the end cap in metal, silver looks fantastic, unfortunately so do the costs, one for the wish list.
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3D printed key cap sprayed silver

black plastic sprayed silver, more pictures in my gallery soon
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But this is purely a piece of unfinished black nylon plastic? You can buy a moulded undertray for a 159 from Poland for less just to give it some comparison. I didnt mean to sound at all dismissive as it is clearly useful as the state of most AR users keys is poor.

Good luck to you with it and hopefully this could open up a whole new owner led market for replacement parts.
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But this is purely a piece of unfinished black nylon plastic? You can buy a moulded undertray for a 159 from Poland for less just to give it some comparison. I didnt mean to sound at all dismissive as it is clearly useful as the state of most AR users keys is poor.

Good luck to you with it and hopefully this could open up a whole new owner led market for replacement parts.
Awesome Job. Is there a possibility to make a key kap for comercial use. I would get 2 at least. Black looks good ...
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Yes b0j4n commercial production is available from Shapeways 3D printing (in the Netherlands) post world wide, in this material & others, the metals get expensive.

pleased you like it.

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Yes b0j4n commercial production is available from Shapeways 3D printing (in the Netherlands) post world wide, in this material & others, the metals get expensive.

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Brera, Spider, 159 Key Cap. (BCTCPZ4GS) by andyroma here is the correct link. Thank you so much for the INFO !
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