3D Printed CTIS and Axle Seal Drivers

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About to change the CTIS seals on my truck (if it ever stops snowing in Texas) and could not find the two tools called out in the TM. Well, I found the CTIS tool but the price was crazy. So I went ahead and put the specs into CAD and PETG printed them out. Not sure if anyone else has gone this route but ended up being pretty cost effective and they turned out great! Should be plenty strong to press the seals.
 

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About to change the CTIS seals on my truck (if it ever stops snowing in Texas) and could not find the two tools called out in the TM. Well, I found the CTIS tool but the price was crazy. So I went ahead and put the specs into CAD and PETG printed them out. Not sure if anyone else has gone this route but ended up being pretty cost effective and they turned out great! Should be plenty strong to press the seals.
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Don't know if you can advertise here or not. If not, please PM me a message to price me a set of seal drivers and shipping to Charlotte, NC 28206 please?

I have been looking for a reason - something useful that I could do with a 3D printer. This is the first thing I have found so far. Lots of cool things they can do but this is a "first" for me... Please and Thank You!

Tim
 

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Don't know if you can advertise here or not. If not, please PM me a message to price me a set of seal drivers and shipping to Charlotte, NC 28206 please?

I have been looking for a reason - something useful that I could do with a 3D printer. This is the first thing I have found so far. Lots of cool things they can do but this is a "first" for me... Please and Thank You!

Tim
Honestly had not thought about selling these, give me a week or two to test them. I plan to do my seals in the next week or so and will make sure they function as intended. I did a 40% fill on these, but can go with a higher fill or even solid if I feel like they aren’t holding up as planned. I’ll update once I use them, but happy to help another member!
 

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Honestly had not thought about selling these, give me a week or two to test them. I plan to do my seals in the next week or so and will make sure they function as intended. I did a 40% fill on these, but can go with a higher fill or even solid if I feel like they aren’t holding up as planned. I’ll update once I use them, but happy to help another member!
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Neat! I don't have a burning need to fix mine at the moment, but when it happens - the right tool for the job would sure be nice. THANKS and when you get it tested I would be happy to have a set in the toolbox.
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About to change the CTIS seals on my truck (if it ever stops snowing in Texas) and could not find the two tools called out in the TM. Well, I found the CTIS tool but the price was crazy. So I went ahead and put the specs into CAD and PETG printed them out. Not sure if anyone else has gone this route but ended up being pretty cost effective and they turned out great! Should be plenty strong to press the seals.
I've made most/all of them, and even sold some. However, I've had to go through several iterations of revisions from the metal design dimensions in order to get them to fit, survive use and print well. They take a long time (20-40h/ea), and a lot of filament, to print. I print them (90%) solid now, because when used on stubborn seals they were really taking a beating.


If you search for posts that include "3D printed", you'll see I have all kinds of stuff designed up... hub shim setup tools, seal drivers, door handles, tachometer gauge pods, inclinometer mounts, instrument sun shades, etc.

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Rbernard1984

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I've made most/all of them, and even sold some. However, I've had to go through several iterations of revisions from the metal design dimensions in order to get them to fit, survive use and print well. They take a long time (20-40h/ea), and a lot of filament, to print. I print them (90%) solid now, because when used on stubborn seals they were really taking a beating.


If you search for posts that include "3D printed", you'll see I have all kinds of stuff designed up... hub shim setup tools, seal drivers, door handles, tachometer gauge pods, inclinometer mounts, instrument sun shades, etc.
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That’s awesome, glad to see someone else thought the same would be possible. Not sure why it didn’t show up in search?

How have the tools been holding up? The printer I used isn’t mine but a local shop, they recommended the PETG, but it’s a commercial unit that can also print solid carbon which they said would be stronger then then a machined part in aluminum if I really had strength concerns. Also increases the cost though.
 

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I just turn the large socket over and tap them in. Works fine.
A friend that used to work on these overseas said they never had the tools, they used the socket, cans, or anything else that was roughly the same size and flat. So def not needed, just hoping it makes my life a little easier since I’m doing the whole truck.
 

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I've made most/all of them, and even sold some. However, I've had to go through several iterations of revisions from the metal design dimensions in order to get them to fit, survive use and print well. They take a long time (20-40h/ea), and a lot of filament, to print. I print them (90%) solid now, because when used on stubborn seals they were really taking a beating.


If you search for posts that include "3D printed", you'll see I have all kinds of stuff designed up... hub shim setup tools, seal drivers, door handles, tachometer gauge pods, inclinometer mounts, instrument sun shades, etc.

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What machine are you using? Have you gone to a larger nozzle? I'm running a .8 nozzle for the large prints I'm doing these days. Cuts the time in half. Given the design, I don't see much fine detail outside the "engraved" text.
 

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good point...... might be good for those of us who have the proper big arse socket..... to have a printed up cap that fits the socket on the opposite end. one with a centered tap spot to squarely drive the seals in?
Fancy :)
 

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good point...... might be good for those of us who have the proper big arse socket..... to have a printed up cap that fits the socket on the opposite end. one with a centered tap spot to squarely drive the seals in?
You might be able to make something out of PVC plumbing.
 

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Can I get the STL or STEP file please? I want to try printing this on my SLA 3D Printer and see how some stronger resins work out.
 
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