come on guys give me some input!
You're obviously the expert, but what I was thinking of doing was:Industrial 3D Scanner, CAD CAM software, 3D Printer, CNC molds and Vac form Polycarbonate will do the job.
Oh, need about Laser or Water Jet cutter to finish the work.
I like this version. Might be something I have to try.Sorry for the influx of renderings. I'm getting a bit better at these and finally did one with my car. For the Elise, there is no curvature in the lip where the current louvers sit, so should be OK with a flat piece of acrylic/ polycarb
Measuring or scanning the mesh is my approach too.You're obviously the expert, but what I was thinking of doing was:
1- taking measurements off the mesh
2- drafting it in solidworks, print out paper inserts and test fit. Re-size/ re-print until I have pieces that fit perfectly
3- have a piece of polycarb or acrylic lasercut (the machine shop I used told me that waterjetting can cause chipping on edges, etc and won't come out great). Will have it cut in a thin enough material that will allow for rigidity and flexibilty to make the slight curvature without having to vac-mold it
Let me know your thoughts, I don't have a background in this so there may be something I'm glossing over
Here is (as far as I know) the only other person to attempt this besides MaineLotus. http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f92/ridgemans-clear-covers-finally-24004/
He had his vacformed and looked like it cost an arm and a leg ($1000).. Wouldn't cutting a flat piece and curving it save unnecessary complexity?