Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) has just verified a solution for headlight repairs. Creative Repair Solution’s (CRS) 3D printed headlight tab repair kit allows users to repair OE or aftermarket headlights by replacing broken or cracked mounting tabs, restoring the lamp to its original position in the car. Currently, it is the first repair solution of its kind to receive independent verification and meet industry requirements.
The headlight tab repair kit gives users an economical solution for car repairs. Headlights can incur damage during shipping, installation or from collisions. However, in most cases only the tab takes the brunt of the injury leaving the remainder of the headlight still operational. Like many other companies, CRS is finding 3D printing to be an ideal solution to on-demand automotive repairs.
CRS has developed and patented a process to produce the replacements via additive manufacturing. Their process eliminates the need to replace the entire headlight by replacing only the broken or cracked mounting tabs and so reducing repair costs.
At CAPA, our goal has always been to ensure access to high-quality, fairly priced, alternative parts that provide an option for keeping car repair costs down. Clark Plucinski, CAPA Chairman
3D Printed Headlight Tab Repair
Very little information is available about the 3D printing process for competitive reasons. However, CRS Vice President Steve Arnone has stated that it is not a “typical 3D printing process“. The process simulates the same grain structure of the original injection molded parts. The tabs consist of a nylon substance with identical physical and chemical characteristics to their original counterparts. CRS even claims that they can deliver “exactly the same fit” as the original headlight.
In terms of process, the replacement part covers the original like a glove. Mechanics or users can fasten the replacement parts with screws specifically designed for plastics. They then have to apply an adhesive to the mating surface and the tab will fit perfectly.
Featured image courtesy of CRS.