Air Vent Adapter for the GT-R

I've met a lot of great people while building the SL-C. The community has a massive talent pool which is a critical resource when building this type of car. One of the guys that I've met is "H"... yeah, he's fun to look him up in my contact list. He's an amazing fabricator and the owner of H Craft Customs. He was also the chief fabricator for the Robertson Racing team which took third place at Le Mans with a modified Ford GT. The body of Superlite's GT-R (the "R" stands for Robertson) was modeled after their car.

Robertson Racing's Ford GT-based car

H is building a Superlite GT-R for himself and he's using lots of OEM parts removed when preparing the Ford GTs for racing. He's also building one for a customer. I wish I had a fraction of his fabrication skills or at least lived close enough to have him do some work on my car. However, computers are his Kryptonite and he asked me if I could design and 3D print a part that adapts Restomod Air's oval shape to the GT's 3" ID circle on the dashboard. He could make something by hand, but it's a fiddly part and he needs three, so 3D printing offers a good solution.

I kept trying to draw a hollow oval and a hollow circle and loft the two surfaces. I then recalled that SolidWorks is best at solids, so I extruded solid shapes, lofted their faces and then used the shell feature to hollow out the interior. Once I figured that out it was easy to design the part including a barb, mounting bosses, etc. -- I mailed it to him yesterday, so we'll have to see it it works.

In the screenshot of the 3D slicer you will note it now indicates the estimated materials price and the mass of the object. I had requested those features a while ago (I assume that others have requested it) and via the magic of cloud-based software the feature just appeared. The next picture shows another feature that just appeared. It's the bottom of the removable support structure. You will note how much more sparse the section on the right is than the one on the left. This "turbo supports" feature reduce the time and material to support a part. This approach is used up to a distance near the actual part at which point the support structure because more dense (i.e. the left side). 

The part was printed in  0.2 mm layers (0.1 mm would have taken a little over twice as long) and it looks pretty good. The bottom didn't look great after the support structure was removed and I continue to wish that they would provide an upgrade path for an additional extruder for water soluble support structures like my Replicator 2X has. That said, this part is buried in the dashboard and won't be seen.