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  1. Mp3Car Community Innovations - Best of Dash Fabrication - 10/03/08

    by , 10-03-2008 at 01:30 PM
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    written by vtecfelon23

    If any of you have ever tried to make your own dash piece for that pretty little monitor that you just got, you know that it takes a lot of time and patience to get everything right. Chances are, you are going to have to pull out the Dremel and mutate the factory plastic. There’s not to much room for error either, so there’s no turning back. I have seen much advancement in bezel construction over the years, and I have seen some truly remarkable creations. Plastic, bondo, fiberglass, wood… there are so many different ways I have seen people do this.



    Often times we get carried away with visioning completion, and neglect to address minor flaws. We deal with these blemishes as they do no impact any function. But every time you reach across to change the song or reroute your destination, that little irregularity stares right back at you. It might even haunt your dreams. There is no sense in losing sleep over this, it is just going to require a little extra sanding, filler or paint. You could have prevented it from the start with a little extra diligence. Crafting a bezel is an art and not everyone can be like Matisse (or TurboCad). It’s not always about perfection and achieving that “factory look” but having a vision and making it real.



    Tips:

    -Plan Ahead

    -Measure twice, cut once

    -Always have lots of sandpaper on hand

    -Let it dry/cure

    -Consider a backup plan

    Here are my Fav 3 custom fab jobs, these guys really dedicated a lot of time an effort to acheive the perfect dash:

    Monkeyracer - Great example of how time and dedication really pays off when it is all said and done. Also the author of a few RoadRunner skins.

    TurboCad - I consider TurboCad Mp3Car’s grandfather of fabrication. He has done some really amazing work, and been around for a while too.

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...all-built.html - This guy went a slightly different route, none the less, really took time plan everything out.



    What are your top three fab jobs? Post them here! In the Mp3Car Blog Talk section

    Check out the Fabrication forum for more tips and inspiration.

    Updated 01-15-2010 at 02:20 PM by optikalefx

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  2. September 9, 2008 - The Fusion Brain – How do you use it in your car?

    by , 09-09-2008 at 04:48 PM
    The Mp3Car Store is excited to be selling the Fusion Brain and looks forward to the soon-to-be released 2.0 version.



    The Fusion Brain is the product of a little Mp3Car Forum demand, and a whole lot of work on the part of Mp3Car forum members Nick and Tim. This little device has been used by Mp3Car Forum members all over the world to control anything with an on/off switch, button, or relay in the car. You can even use the sensor to measure environmental conditions such as temperature, light, distance, acceleration, current draw, voltage levels, and more.

    How are some Mp3Car Forum members using the Fusion Brain?
    Nick uses it for home automation, and Tim has it in his car doing pressure and temperature readings and more. Nick was particularly impressed with Aaron's Christmas Light show including the reindeer on top his car all controlled by the Fusion Brain to the Trans Siberian Orchestra's music and suggested also checking out h3rk's completely automatic HVAC control which is still being developed.

    How do you use your Fusion Brain? Share your innovations and ideas in the Mp3Car Forums Blog Talk section in the thread of this Mp3Car Blog post. And for all of you who are new to the Fusion Brain, take a look at what others are doing and spend some time reading up in the Fusion Brain Forum on the Mp3Car Forums.

    How this product came to be developed is as interesting as the Fusion Brain itself. Nick and Tim, on opposite sides of the US, teamed up to develop prototypes for Forum users. They were both pleased and somewhat surprised when they found that demand exceeded the number of prototypes they had manufactured and got to work mass producing the Fusion Brain and other accessories. Living on opposite sides of the US, and still having yet to have met face to face, Nick and Tim are hard at work on Fusion Brain 2.0 – and we are waiting in great anticipation to see their results.

    You can find the Fusion Brain and all related products in the Fusion Brain section of the Mp3Car Store!

    Updated 10-20-2009 at 05:07 PM by Heather

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