Flying Snitch for Car Antenna

Discussion in 'My Shapeways Order Arrived' started by dtistudio, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. dtistudio
    dtistudio New Member
    This is my first design for a Flying Snitch, Car Antenna ball.

    We've all seen the foam, antenna balls on top of car antennas. Well I wanted to make something a little more interactive so I designed a "flying" antenna ball.

    This is one of two designs that I created for testing. This one is lighter and has less of an angle on the wings.

    The ball slides over the car antenna and then a rubber grommet is placed over top to keep the snitch from flying off.

    My next steps are going to be:
    1. Test out on car
    2. See how different conditions effect it (rain, heat, wind)
    3. Make sure the rubber grommet holds it secure
    4. paint it


  2. UniverseBecoming
    UniverseBecoming Well-Known Member
    Great idea! :eek:

    I would love to see it in operation once you get it dialed in. :)
  3. dtistudio
    dtistudio New Member
    Thanks James.

    I tested it out the other day and it works great. At about 30 MPH it starts to climb the antenna then around 45 it shoots to the top and hangs on.

    Now I just need to get one of my kids to hang onto the back of my car to film it. :D

    Hopefully I can get some good footage of it in action.

    I will keep you posted.

  4. jeff
    jeff New Member
    this is fun, I dig.
  5. UniverseBecoming
    UniverseBecoming Well-Known Member
    Ok! Sounds great so far! :eek:
  6. MitchellJetten
    MitchellJetten Shapeways Employee CS Team
    video!!!! :cool:
  7. dtistudio
    dtistudio New Member
  8. UniverseBecoming
    UniverseBecoming Well-Known Member
    Pretty darn cool! :eek:

    I envisioned it wobbling more so it's nice to see it working in real life to make adjustments to my in brain physics simulator. :p
  9. Invicta_NC
    Invicta_NC New Member
    This is great! my wife saw the video and now wants one for her car. I checked in your shop but didn't see it. When will it be available?

  10. MitchellJetten
    MitchellJetten Shapeways Employee CS Team
    Awesome!! very cool.

    Unfortunately my car doesn't have a large antenna :(
  11. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
    Great idea :)

    I've some WSF items on my car (testing for around 5 months now) - plain WSF soaks up all of the grime that roads & weather conditions can throw at it.
    I'm also testing the same parts, painted with Humbrol spray acrylic (no primer), so far, so good :)

  12. dtistudio
    dtistudio New Member
    Hey James,

    I tested my other snitch and it did wobble a lot. The wings had a steeper angle and were thicker so I believe more are was flowing across the back tail.

    Even though it wobbled it stayed facing forward which actually made it interesting.

  13. dtistudio
    dtistudio New Member
    Hey Malc,

    I should have it available for sale around the middle of May.

    I'm glad your wife liked it.

    I will keep you posted.

  14. dtistudio
    dtistudio New Member
    Hey Paul,

    Thanks for letting me know about the parts you have on your car and how they are holding up. Also, thanks for letting me know about painting WSF with acrylic.

    I painted one of my antenna snitches with acrylic paint and am curious to see how it holds up through rain.



  15. Invicta_NC
    Invicta_NC New Member
    Thanks Dennis

    I'll keep any eye out for it.