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icon10.gif  Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #33529] Mon, 29 August 2011 18:49 UTC Go to next message
avatar THE1REBEL  is currently offline THE1REBEL
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I have been working long and hard on this and it is finally finished. It's a Steering Wheel Badge for Dodge vehicles. This one sterling silver with colored resin lettering. The background is a holographic carbon fiber vinyl which I filled over with clear resin.

http://www.nexusstudiosonline.com/images/products/badges/srt8_Custom.jpg

I was able to get installed to my Dodge Challenger SRT8 over the weekend. I think is looks awesome! Twisted Evil

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/300374_226227944096683_180793618640116_705908_1154569_n.jpg

It's kinda like the cherry on top!! Very Happy

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/311887_226228034096674_180793618640116_705910_3325874_n.jpg

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/301035_226228080763336_180793618640116_705911_2207253_n.jpg

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/307289_226227980763346_180793618640116_705909_2092691_n.jpg

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/305919_226228137429997_180793618640116_705912_3202698_n.jpg

I'd go for a drive but I think I spent all my gas money making it!!! DOH!! Crying or Very Sad
Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #33530 is a reply to message #33529 ] Mon, 29 August 2011 18:51 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar THE1REBEL  is currently offline THE1REBEL
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I went thru several interations over the past year to get to this point. Here is my very first version in stainless steel which I hand polished it and melted colored plastic to fill the lettering. It is next to the factory original emblem.

http://hphotos-sjc1.fbcdn.net/250790_186624614723683_180793618640116_530035_2973383_n.jpg

The badge seemed to thin so I modified the design to make it thicker. Here it is after a good polish.

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/249031_186630124723132_180793618640116_530082_8142297_n.jpg

I started to experiment with different designs and colored resins. Here are a few more all done in stainless steel.

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/229277_186628241389987_180793618640116_530075_2405931_n.jpg

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/s960x960/226682_186628101390001_180793618640116_530070_1762517_n.jpg

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/s960x960/225300_186630154723129_180793618640116_530084_4675823_n.jpg

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s960x960/226931_186630191389792_180793618640116_530086_3597953_n.jpg

http://www.nexusstudiosonline.com/images/products/badges/autobot_colored.jpg

http://www.nexusstudiosonline.com/images/products/badges/hurst_colored2.jpg

I want to thank everyone at Shapeways for their excellent support over the past year.

My next project will be printing one in FUD and see if I can chrome plate it.

[Updated on: Mon, 29 August 2011 19:34 UTC]

Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #33531 is a reply to message #33529 ] Mon, 29 August 2011 18:59 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Amazing project, I've been wanting to do something like this for my Civic Si for a couple years.


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Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #33533 is a reply to message #33529 ] Mon, 29 August 2011 21:28 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Wow! those look great! especially the one with the carbonfiber background. very authentic!

I´m curious, did you use something to inject the resin to the desired areas since they are so tiny. also how are the possible bubbles removed from the clear resin ?

icon14.gif  Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #33536 is a reply to message #33533 ] Mon, 29 August 2011 23:14 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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WOW! These are fantastic! Front page stuff for sure.



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Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #33537 is a reply to message #33533 ] Tue, 30 August 2011 00:16 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Eeppium wrote on Mon, 29 August 2011 21:28

Wow! those look great! especially the one with the carbonfiber background. very authentic!

I´m curious, did you use something to inject the resin to the desired areas since they are so tiny. also how are the possible bubbles removed from the clear resin ?



I used a simple Oral Syringe just like this:

http://www.bluffcitywholesale.com/images/dosers/77503.jpg

and some precision glue tips like this which I got at a local hobby store in the modeling section. They fit on the end of the syringe:

http://www.wholesaletrains.com/SMImages/LG200424347.jpg

I'd only draw the resin into the tip this way the syringe doesn't need to be cleaned. However after using it, I find it works best to just dip it into the resin, using it like a fountain pen, and apply small amounts till it fills the whole area. I used "ICE Resin" which is a Jeweler's grade resin and it flows well.

As far as bubbles goes, I heated the resin the warm water for 15 mims and was real careful when mixing to not create any more. Used the mixing stick to bring them to the surface. I think adding the Resin to the badge a drop at a time helped aswell. I then baked the filled badge in a oven at about 130 to 140 degrees for 3 hours which helped to get a soft cure. I kept checking but did not get any bubbles Very Happy . This also helps it get rock hard.

I was extremely happy with the results.
Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #33570 is a reply to message #33529 ] Tue, 30 August 2011 16:22 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thank you for that little tutorial Very Happy

I´ve gotta try resin soon in my designs too, it adds so much more to them!
icon14.gif  Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #34140 is a reply to message #33570 ] Mon, 12 September 2011 11:03 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Really superb job. How did you polish the stainless steel so well?
Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #34150 is a reply to message #34140 ] Mon, 12 September 2011 15:22 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Woah, great work...



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icon12.gif  Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #34157 is a reply to message #34140 ] Mon, 12 September 2011 16:24 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Psaras65 wrote on Mon, 12 September 2011 11:03

Really superb job. How did you polish the stainless steel so well?



Thank you for the comments.

I'll give you a run down on the polish process I'm using.
I have one of these benchtop sanders:

http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/370x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_1328.jpg

I first rough sand the badge with 400 grit on the face and edges using the guide table. I then adjust to around 45 Degees and do the beveled edge. I do this till all the pitting it gone and surface is smooth.

After this I quickly wet sand with 2000 grit to remove any sanding marks.

I then use my Dremel with a Cotton polishing wheel and some Blue Magic metal polish to get it to shine.

http://bluemagicusa.com/bm_images/metalpolishcreamjars.png

http://www.bluemagicusa.com/

This polish is great for polishing Silver I was very suprised in how well this stuff polishes. Very Happy

[Updated on: Mon, 12 September 2011 16:47 UTC]

icon14.gif  Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #34186 is a reply to message #34157 ] Mon, 12 September 2011 21:56 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks for the explanation on the polishing. The results you get are really great! Very Happy
Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #34192 is a reply to message #33537 ] Tue, 13 September 2011 06:21 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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THE1REBEL wrote on Tue, 30 August 2011 00:16

I then baked the filled badge in a oven at about 130 to 140 degrees for 3 hours which helped to get a soft cure.



Degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit ?
Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #34211 is a reply to message #34192 ] Tue, 13 September 2011 14:25 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Germo wrote on Tue, 13 September 2011 06:21


Degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit ?



That would be Fahrenheit
Sorry about that. Smile
Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #34239 is a reply to message #33529 ] Wed, 14 September 2011 14:20 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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About that massive bench-top sander... check this out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMmiqS8gKu8&NR=1&feat ure=fvwp

Great for sanding shapeways stainless steel , Bronze etc Very Happy


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Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #34577 is a reply to message #33529 ] Mon, 19 September 2011 13:43 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Agreed with all the above - fantastic job. My questions were answered re the polished s/steel, too (damn that looks good).

I've used Ice Resin before and you gave some great tips there as well...

Glenn


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Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #35381 is a reply to message #33529 ] Thu, 29 September 2011 07:55 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Very impressive work. Some of the most professional work Ive seen done with shapeways. Amazing attention to detail.



Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #35384 is a reply to message #33529 ] Thu, 29 September 2011 09:55 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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hi

can i have the 3d model.. so i can put my own letters in it?

gr.
Re: Steering Wheel Emblems for Dodge vehicles [message #49694 is a reply to message #33529 ] Mon, 11 June 2012 19:49 UTC Go to previous message
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How thin was the thinnest part? I am working on a design for my car. Can this bend at all? I was thinking of making it three parts so I can make part out of plastic to keep the cost down.

 
   
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