The next step is to move on to the main iPad holder and give it the same treatment. Here's a rough version of it.
I decided that I would ditch the idea of making the top half-moons part of the heater vents. I just blocked them off and will use the side vents for upper ventilation. So, I cut cardboard shapes as a template, then transferred that to scrap plastic, glued them in place, and then CAREFULLY used a combination of sander and hand file and sandpaper to get them to match the compound curves of the bezel.
As you can see, they are nearly smooth but can stand about one more application of glazing compound and wet sanding before spraying the textured paint over them.
Here's a closeup of the upper half-moons filled in.
The lower half moons will stay but will have caps that go in place over them. The bolts that hold the unit in place are inside the half moons. Can't think of any other way around it without radical reengineering.
Both pieces look absolutely fantastic. Any plans to better incorporate the metal iPad frame into the trim piece? Perhaps coating it with a thin layer of bumper repair to make it look more like one piece? Either way, it looks brilliant, can't wait to see it painted.
Ah! Well, it only looks like that when the iPad is OUT of the car. Frankly, with the iPad in the car, it looks pretty damn slick.
Even in crap-tastic mode, the eye candy is nice.
It's a good suggestion, though. Maybe some plastic welding to the metal cross member and a little bumper plastic would give it a more integrated look. I've made sure to spray paint the aluminum black but there's little I can do about the slot that appears on the top where the iPad slides into the car.
No, the upper piece that goes in front of the iPad looks fine. I'm mostly inquiring about the left, right, and bottom bits of the bezel, like where the home button cutout in the plastic meets the metal. Right now the metal is square against the trim piece itself, and I thought you might round out those inside edges to make it look more like one piece.
Ah! I see what you mean. I *might* be able to soften them up by curving them, it's true. But I've been down that road of "I'll just make a very small adjustment to improve the overall look and feel...." before. I usually make it into a disaster - both in the real world and in the software world!
Agreed that it would look better with rounded lines and edges. The square bezel around the inside is actually plastic glued over top of the aluminum frame. It's all holding -okay- for now, so I'm going to leave it alone for the moment.
Frankly, if I had that home 3D part printer I've been hankering for, I'd have built it in Sketchup and worked from there by having the inside edges of the bezel slope or curve in to the inner dimensions, but I'm going to stop here for now!
Come to think of it, my friend's school has a 3D printer. I'm now curious to see if I can use that with my project.
I agree with Hutacars...... By the way the outside portion of the bezel is looking nice. The inside though, even with the iPad in place, looks too square, it doesn't blend with the interior's lines. In fact it seems very harsh to me. Problem is I cant explain it in a way that you may understand. (Why the f*&k haven't we evolved enough for telepathic image sending.) Roundound out the inside up to where the screen meets. Like fill it in. I think its the same as what Hutacars is asking, but the way he is explaining it to doesn't make 100% sense to me.
Yes, that's exactly what I'm trying to explain. I think you've done a much better job than I :o
Yep, I agree with you both but the compound curve is just too hard for me to fab. Printing it would be ideal.
It's not *quite* as bad in real life as it is in the pics, but it should be softer to blend with the curves and lines of the interior.
Well I cant wait to see how it turns out. If you end up using a setup like Trip Zero is building, the combo of iPad and iGep may be awesome.