3D-printed 6.0 Powerstroke degas bottle

A More Durable Degas. Mishimoto’s Ford Powerstroke 6.0L Aluminum Degas Bottle R&D, Part 3: 3D-Printed Prototypes

With a rough 3D model in place, we started constructing our 3D-printed prototypes to finalize our 6.0L degas bottle design and to refine any areas where adjustments are needed.

Due to the large size of this degas unit, we printed the bottle in multiple sections and then attached each portion together.

Below is a look at our first 3D print fitted into place on our 6.0L.

3D-printed 6.0 Powerstroke degas bottle
3D-printed 6.0 Powerstroke degas bottle
3D-Printed 6.0 Powerstroke degas bottle
3D-Printed 6.0 Powerstroke degas bottle
3D-printed 6.0 Powerstroke degas bottle
3D-printed 6.0 Powerstroke degas bottle

Our first prototype needed some work. The rear portion of the bottle had clearance concerns, so we adjusted and tweaked a few of the faces of our design.

3D-printed 6.0 degas bottle
3D-printed 6.0 degas bottle
3D-printed 6.0 degas bottle
3D-printed 6.0 degas bottle

The big change we needed to make to this design was the angle of the rear portion of the bottle.

3D-printed 6.0 degas bottle
3D-printed 6.0 degas bottle

Adjustments were made to the design, and we printed a second 3D prototype. I wonder if our printer is beginning to feel used and abused. Do 3D printers have feelings?

Check out our second prototype unit.

3D-printed 6.0 Powerstroke parts
3D-printed 6.0 Powerstroke parts
3D-printed 6.0 Powerstroke parts
3D-printed 6.0 Powerstroke parts
3D-printed 6.0 Powerstroke parts
3D-printed 6.0 Powerstroke parts

Once assembled we installed this prototype in the truck and checked all the clearances.

3D-printed 6.0 Powerstroke parts
3D-printed 6.0 Powerstroke parts
3D-printed 6.0 Powerstroke degas bottle
3D-printed 6.0 Powerstroke degas bottle

For the most part this unit fit quite well. After a couple more minor adjustments, our team was pleased with the end result in fitment and projected appearance.

Coming Up – Functional Prototype

Now that we have a concrete design, our team will be constructing an aluminum prototype to check both fitment and functionality.

Thanks for reading!

-John

8 thoughts on “A More Durable Degas. Mishimoto’s Ford Powerstroke 6.0L Aluminum Degas Bottle R&D, Part 3: 3D-Printed Prototypes”

  1. Hey John,
    I have everything Mishimoto for my 05, 6.0 excursion…intercooler with intake and hot/cold tubes, radiator with upper and lower hoses, thermostat and housing and coolant filter. Huge fan of products. If you need a field tester I would be happy to test and return for inspection. I drive approximately 3000 miles per month. I’ve had to replace my degas bottle 5 times over the years. Twice with genuine Ford then 2 more with aftermarket (which didn’t last nearly as long) then back to genuine Ford. I love the idea of this as it has been a thorn in my side.

  2. I think the factory degas cap has issues as well. I would like to see a better degas cap made available.

    1. Thanks for the comment Matthew!

      Yes, the factory cap does indeed have issues and many see them fail over time. Keeping in mind these trucks are over a decade old, so you have to assume some failure of parts over time. We do offer a replacement cap, which is essentially identical in function to the stock unit.

      https://www.mishimoto.com/1-1-bar-ford-overflow-reservoir-cap-99-15.html

      Would you be more interested in an alternate design for the cap on our degas bottle? Or just a more robust factory-style cap?

      Thanks
      -John

      1. Thank you for your response. Definitely a more robust design for sure. But also, seeing if there is a better design for longevity and durability. It seems that plastics in high temperature settings lose their shape and strength over time. If caps are losing their shape, couldn’t that cause sealing problems?

    1. Hi David!

      We are in the process of finalizing the Degas bottle finish options. After these details are ironed out we will be kicking off the Pre-Sale, stay tuned!

      -Sara

  3. How long for shipment once an order has been replace my stocker has a pinhole leak and like my replacement of other failed oem part I want to.replace them it mucmishimoto as I can, especially in the cooling department

    1. Hi Michael!

      Thanks for the interest! The Degas is in pre-sale currently and is due to end mid-November. Orders will begin to ship as soon as the pre-sale has ended. Please let me know if you have any other questions on this.

      Thanks,
      Sara

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