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design a key [message #16300] Wed, 18 August 2010 02:45 UTC Go to next message
avatar berky93  is currently offline berky93
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so my newest project is to duplicate my car key using 3d printing (in steel of course) I have finished the blade of the key but I still need to decide upon a design for the back end. I'm thinking I should do something related to 3d modeling, seeing as it is a 3d printed key and I am a proud modeler. And what better place to figure out the perfect 3d modeling design than a 3d modeling community.

so, any ideas?
Re: design a key [message #16304 is a reply to message #16300 ] Wed, 18 August 2010 04:46 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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dont car keys usually have electronic microchips in them to prevent duplicating them easily for car theft? most do now a days, here in the US anyway. good idea though if your car is old fashioned though.
Re: design a key [message #16308 is a reply to message #16300 ] Wed, 18 August 2010 06:55 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Maybe you could put a bottle opener on the other end? Don't drink and drive though Razz
Re: design a key [message #16317 is a reply to message #16300 ] Wed, 18 August 2010 12:33 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I've actually been thinking about doing something like this. My car key has a chip, so I was thinking my house key or something. But anyways. Perhaps the logo for your car? Or the Car you wish it was Razz. Another project I've been considering is the cover to my Car key as it holds my unlock/look, and trunk buttons. I also have one more Idea, but you'll have to pm me for that one. I may use that one for sales.


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Re: design a key [message #16340 is a reply to message #16317 ] Wed, 18 August 2010 16:37 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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An electronic car key case might be a good project as well. I dont have one so I dont have much reference, but theres a lot of talented modelers here I'm sure someone can do it.

I made a first version of the key using a simple mobius strip as the end. I haven't received it yet, but if you're feeling adventurous I also made a blank version. link
I think a blank house key also would be a good idea, I might try that next.
Re: design a key [message #16341 is a reply to message #16300 ] Wed, 18 August 2010 16:44 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Did you order it in stainless? I'm noticing with my house key that metal may not be an option as it's only 1/32 thick in most spots.


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Re: design a key [message #16359 is a reply to message #16341 ] Wed, 18 August 2010 18:57 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I havent ordered it yet. But the dimensions of the key I have fit into the minimum requirements for printing in stainless steel. (the thinnest wall is 1mm, with good support)
Re: design a key [message #16901 is a reply to message #16359 ] Sun, 29 August 2010 02:17 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Don't the models sag a bit when being printed in Stainless steel? That could cause the key to be warped and not work. It might be easier just to make a blank key with whatever design you want at the back and then take that to get a copy made at a hardware store. Unless they can't cut stainless steel infused with bronze.

Edit: oops, I missed your link to a blank key. Lol, my bad, I should read more carefully. Razz

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Re: design a key [message #16903 is a reply to message #16901 ] Sun, 29 August 2010 04:58 UTC Go to previous message
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I've never noticed any sagging with my models printed in steel, but I think that even the smaller parts have enough support to not be brittle or warped. but hey, well see soon enough. I just received confirmation that my model is in production!

 
   
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