Problem: Broken part for hard top convertible that has been discontinued.
Solution: Model and 3d print one strong enough to make a suitable replacement
This part had a unique shape that would not be easy to replicate by calipers alone in fusion360. To get the shape just right a picture was taken with another item for scale.
That picture was imported into f360 and then scaled based on known measurements.
The dogleg shape was traced using the line tool and then extruded up to match the thickness of the original part.
Instead of making it an exact match (which would have taken too much time) approximate measurements were made for the strengthening and reinforcement of the part.
Several test prints were made to check the strength of the model at the stress points and reinforcements were added as necessary.