Collaboration with SADfab – 3d printed brake cooling ducts for GV lip

Working with my friends at SADfab I designed some brake cooling ducts to fit into the popular Garage Vary lip for the first generation miatas. Like my air intake design, the first step is to do a 3d scan and find out what space constraints I was going to be working with. The duct exit needs to be a 2.5″ OD to work with common 2.5″ silicone cooling duct hose. After a scanning, some quick measurements show that there is more than enough cross sectional area at the smallest part of the duct opening:


The first step was to print a test piece in order to verify the accuracy of the scan:

After verifying the fit, I mocked up a few different designs. This part is much more straightforward than my air intake system since there is no bend involved, and it’s not packaged into nearly as small of a space. In order to perform well the duct needs to do a few things:

1) Smooth transition between different cross section shapes. Abrupt changes in the surface can lead to turbulence in the flow path.

2) Create a continuous taper in cross sectional area from the large opening to the smaller 2.5″ outlet

3)Provide a positive fit into the bumper opening

4)Come up with a solution to mount the duct into the bumper and lip.

I settled on a dual wall design where the outer wall of the lip is a direct fit for the bumper, and the inner wall acts as the flow surface. For mounting I decided to use m5 countersink bolts with nylocks. In order to reduce the effect of intrusions into the air stream, I created raised bosses for the counter sink hardware and then blended them into the flow surface.


SADfab should have kits for sale soon. More information on their facebook page:




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