TMCP #404: Engineer Dan Cheveralls – Using 3D Printing For One-Off Reproduction Parts; NPD’s Ask Rick – The Business, Art, and Science of Manufacturing Large Volume Restoration Parts

This weeks show is with Dan Cheveralls, an engineer at a tools company and a fellow Dukes of Hazzard fan. His experience as a product development engineer brought him into the fold of using 3D printing for the development and evaluation of new products, and he has successfully integrated this into his personal life by creating “one-off” parts for his own restoration projects. Since the viability of 3D printing has been a common question as of late I asked him on the show to share the process!

On this edition of Ask Rick we dug into theĀ opposite side of the 3D “one off” discussion and jumped full bore into the process, timeline, and (frankly) large expense of mass market restoration part manufacturing! I wanted to know about some of the intricacies surrounding the creation and sourcing of a new part.