8. How to print your own (DIY) speedometer (instrument cluster) – Glue

8. How to print your own (DIY) speedometer (instrument cluster) – Glue


the spray adhesive for the glue needs to
be shaken quite well it’s not too much
you just mix it and I always spray to to
clear the nozzle I always spray
somewhere else once it starts going glue
so then it’s again smooth motion don’t
need that much it will set fairly quickly
so I’ll put the overlay on I’ll try to
align it as much as I can that’s not too
bad so then you have to really press
everywhere that you clear if there are any air
bubbles so this will stay flat so I use
my glove in the back of my hand just a
few times just to make it flat trying
not to touch the end of the paper
because there’s some glue there so then
I’ll put some smudges on mm-hmm
yeah but that should be enough so you
try to really so it’s safe to touch I
mean after this the inkjet fix or
adhesive layer it’s fairly safe to touch
and I’ll put this aside for let’s say
another half an hour or so to dry a bit
and then I’ll put it in between a book
for the next design is aligning the top
and the the mask the transparency mask
underneath so always do it on a lamp that it’s very it’s quite fiddly
procedure so it really takes takes a
while to align
so once you align them really well you
hold it and clip it one side check if
it’s aligned well I have not aligned them
I’m just doing it for the
video you have to hold it on a
higher
not underneath it’s it’s easier when
this is high and you hold it like that
after some time aligning them I think
it’s it’s pretty close I mean I can
really spend like hours trying to align
them probably not hours but not hours
but good 20 minutes to align them but
that’s fairly good fairly good alignment
so these, it’s good for the video I
mean I’m not using this on my car so I
can for this video but if one wants to
you can you can align them really well
what’s useful actually it’s um and I
haven’t done it I’ve done it the wrong
way around
because I have my transparency printed
on that side so if you flip it and and
the ink is underneath so it will be the
really smooth side so this slide
easy underneath so you can really have
fine movement but for the moment that
that that’s alright I’ll also put
chopping board cutting board underneath
so for the clamps to be pretty level
you don’t need it basically but
something like that so so for the this
thing to be to be relatively flat
something like that when you when you
lift it you spray it and then put it
back so to be kind of flat in you I’ll
press on top to flatten it so I have to
have another go and because moving
it this might have micro shifts and
they so I’ll have to check under the
lamp again if everything’s aligned and
put it again maybe check a few more
times and the more you check the better
so I’ve checked the alignment everything
seems alright can only spend much time
so you would shake this shake this spray
and then spray somewhere else to clear
the nozzle and then this would be
flipped so I’ll flip this spray it not too far away I mean 15
centimeters or so and not put it back in
and flatten it so it will stay flat
let’s see and this is a bit close to
this clamp is a bit close to design but
it’s not I can’t I can actually flip it
put it in and of course try to flatten
everything I mean now if it was on the
shinier surface you can you could put it
under the lamp see how well the
alignment is and perhaps do some
adjustments and this sets really quickly
so there’s not really much time to do
any adjustments and not really that much
opportunity to do adjustments but it’s
kinda kind of alright put some glue
here hopefully it’s not on the it’s not
visible on the design and basically
don’t touch the the corners so where you
put some glue on the gloves and then
this will go under on the design yeah
try to flatten it and then leave it for
10-15 minutes and then put it in a book to
really kind of flatten and the glue can
can spread into different into different
into the different corners everywhere
underneath the design yesterday I have to
admit I made a mistake
well quite a bit of mistakes so this is
the the the print the design with the
green with the green letters so while I
was touching it so I have touched on the
sides somewhere where the glue was and touched
with the glove so there is a quite a big
smudge there I think and I was really not
waiting too much for the for the ink to
dry so I had
two sheets of paper stack them so this
was stuck to the paper so so I’ve done
it again
printed it another one so I printed
another one of these sheets with the
black so that’s no different than the
other one but I made a slight change
to my to my masking transparency paper
so now I flipped it horizontally or
vertically actually not horizontally so
it’s vertically I think I have to double
check but this is this is the print side
so this is where the print is so when
you flip it around so you see how it is
this is the back side the really smooth
side so when you put it so when you put
it on top you can get them aligned so
when put it on top you can get them
aligned and the previous time I filmed
this this was on the rough side so this
is the rough side and you cannot align
them really well, because it doesn’t
really and there is a resistance in you
can’t quite align them together so this
time around this on the smooth side so I
can really really move this moves very
easily so you can align them so
initially another mistake which I did
was I first sprayed inkjet lacquer or
fixative on top and then I glue them
together so when you so I now I wouldn’t
do this again
so first you print I would print this
design then then the masking
transparency film I’ve stick them
together with glue once it has set I’ll
leave it for 24 hours at least
then I’ll spray it with with the inkjet
lacquer or a fixative because when you
spray with what I realized
that’s the actual design so
what I realized is that this inkjet
fixative like lacquer whatever you want
to call it slightly shrinks the paper
here and there so when you align them in
some places if it hasn’t been glued to
to a transparency film at the back
you can’t quite align it I mean I aligned
pretty much everywhere except here and
it was like a half a millimeter off so
yeah it’s a trial and error and so but
that’s the correct procedure so you you
get one would get I would get this
design I’ll get the transparency flipped so
then I align them glue these two
together wait for this to set and then
spray the fixative on top okay all right
so let’s align these under a
different light and then I’ll glue them
together I’ll align them pretty good this
time with it slides very easy and we can
slide two sheets when it’s not the rough
side versus at the back of the design I
sort of shake that the glue spray mount
spray somewhere else
just to get the glue going and not that
much glue I think the last time around I
sprayed too much glue so just sparsely
that should be enough you put them and I
normally only touch in there
to put it only touch the white
bits where you don’t have ink you don’t
want to ruin the ink and of course
touch it to the sides to glue that
together
and I’ll leave that up for at least couple of
hours overnight if possible and then
I’ll stick it, I’ll cover it with
with a piece of paper just not to get
dust and so on but leave this for at
least 24 hours to set before sticking in
to put it in a book

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