Print Solid design and manufacture bespoke parts predominantly for classic car restorers and clubs, bringing no longer available parts back to the market. We design new and updated products to retrofit to older vehicles in response to demand from clubs and classic car associations and individual car owners.
But it's not just automotive applications as you'll see from some of our examples below at Print Solid we take on pretty much anything!
Our printers run 24-hours a day 7 days a week enabling us to turn around orders in a relatively short time frame, but it's not all about the big stuff, many of our commissions are small one off brackets and clips.
From that elusive trim clip for a Datsun 240z or bespoke induction scoops for a DeLorean Motor Car, to a potter's stamp or a roof vent for a house, Print Solid can design a solution and manufacture in low-medium volume, extremely cost effectively.
We are located in Colchester, Essex, UK and ship domestically and internationally.
We were contacted by a home owner who's roof vent cover had been damaged and was leaking water. This model was no longer available but from the damaged original we were able to re-design and print a replacement within 48-hours.
We were asked to design and print a sign as a gift for a father who was a very keen coffee aficionado. We designed the sign, printed it and coated it with textured coffee brown coating. At 12" diameter it is a good sized print and we received excellent feedback from the client.
A yachtsman contacted us about printing some new bases for the stanchions on his boat. He had already created the design. These were printed solid for extra strength and fittingly we used red and green filaments for the Port & Starboard sides of his vessel.
We were contacted by the owner of a classic Maserati who's heater control knobs had become brittle and failed. Using his original as a reference we re-created the knobs with clips on the rear for an exact push in replacement.
A producer or artisan soaps approached us to produce a series of moulds for her soaps, this one was to look like honeycomb and we incorporated draft angles on all faces to aid the release of the soap from the mould.
A local potter who specialises in producing clay pots for bonsai trees asked us to produce a stamp so that he could emboss his work with his logo. As with other stamps we have designed we included draft angles on all faces to aid release from the clay.
We were contacted by a classic bike restorer who had a broken chain guard which was no longer available. We were able to use the broken one as a pattern and within 24hours a replacement was produced, ready for painting.
The centre console switches in this classic car were often wonky and could easily be knocked and activated. Print Solid designed a frame which aligned the switches perfectly and added extra protection from accidental activation.
These original plastic bezels for this seat tilt mechanism in a classic car were hard to find and often brittle. We reproduced them in plastic, then redesigned the print so it could be cast in aluminium. These were then polished, which gave a very high quality finish.
We were approached to assist with the reproduction of a roof vent for a group of classic rally cars. We adjusted the design for 3D printing and gave the client the option of an integrated grill to trap larger debris. It was a big print, but the initial low volume (25 units) perfectly suited to 3D printing.
Children in the local area sent in their pumpkin face sketches via email which Print Solid then re-drew in CAD to produce pumpkins. Two example shown above, a fun project for the local community.
We were asked to design a simple pattern as an award for a national competition. This may ultimately be used as a pattern to cast in Aluminium which will them be polished.
We reproduced a full sized front grill for a DeLorean owner, we also designed and printed a bespoke version with 'Knight-Rider' style strobe light embedded behind the grill.
Working with another designer we were tasked with printing and finishing some small covers for the rear strut mount on a DeLorean.
We were approached by a keen seamstress who's singer sewing machine has a broken plastic button. We re-design and printed a functional replacement within 2-hours!
A local car trimming company approached us to assist with a Datsun 240z which they were re-trimming. These clips lock with a 1/4 turn and when painted look as the original.
Print Solid designed and manufactured a cup and smartphone holder for the DeLorean motor car. Completely reversible and extremely popular.
Print Solid designed and manufactured a new induction scoop system for the DeLorean Motor Car to increase the air flow to the engine intake.
A contact at a local car club was short of 3 clips for his spare wheel cover in his 2002 Chevrolet Camaro. His only option was buying tatty looking used ones at great expense but Print Solid were happy to reproduce them.
A small link arm in the air conditioning system of a 1980's classic car had become brittle and failed, we improved on the design to make it stronger and printed them for the client.
Out of production for many years, these simple little clips were re-drawn in CAD and printed in PETG and are used to secure the rear license plate on the rear of a classic car.
Owner of a houseboat required brackets to mount solar panels to the curved roof of his boat. Using a rough, wooden prototype supplied by the customer we reproduced left and right hand versions.
A keen local fishing enthusiast asked if we could redesign the back plate for his line sensors as his rod kept falling out of the original. It's not quite classic car, but we were pleased to help.
Print Solid joined forces with thousands of UK printers to manufacture face shields during the start of the COVID19 Pandemic. These were donated free of charge to front line health workers, care homes and schools. Over 2000 units were dispatched from our Colchester hub.