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Old 05-07-2015, 12:54 AM
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Star conversation piece/hood ornament (with pictures, of course!)

I got bored (errr, tired of writing my Master's thesis) so I designed a hood star that attaches with an neodymium magnet and 3-d printed it!





I'm going to try to find some type of metallic or chrome rattlecan paint to coat it with. I may magnet it to my "other" cars when I want that soothing star to guide me. I thought you guys would appreciate it.
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:16 AM
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Would you be willing to share the file? Maybe on libre3d?
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Old 05-07-2015, 08:14 AM
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Nice.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:11 AM
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Yes yes very good - what about that thesis...

(I was always a ball ache for the students unlucky enough to be in my office - join the club!)
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Old 05-07-2015, 11:46 AM
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Put a longer and hollow bell on the bottom and you can sell them as tree toppers at Christmas...

(I'm really glad I didn't have technological distractions when I was in school!!)

Good luck with the thesis.
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Old 05-07-2015, 11:58 AM
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I can understand the idea of needing to change your focus for a short while, and complement you on your choice of a diversion!

I recently bumped the star on one of my cars and knocked it off. I think they are just plated zinc diecastings. I had thought of casting a couple out of bronze and polishing them up, along with all the other hundreds of projects I consider doing!

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Old 05-07-2015, 12:58 PM
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Yeah, I wrote 40 pages between the last two days, so I needed a break.

I'll share the files with you guys by email if you want a copy.

It's actually a 2 piece assembly, so making a tree topper would be easy. I can design up a clip that would slide nicely onto the top point of the tree! I'll have to do that next time I need a diversion.

I have paid my living expenses while in school by manufacturing oddball car parts that are not available and selling on eBay -- design/3d printing/prototyping is my other hobby besides the cars...and muzzleloading...and lead casting...and gardening and...(and it actually results in a positive cashflow...unlike the others ). Many distractions in this house.

As an aside, if you guys think of parts on these cars that are hard to get your hands on, let me know. I know machinists and am planning to get set up for injection molding sometime after I graduate in a month.
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:08 PM
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Sun visor retainer clips.

That are plastic and metal.
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:31 PM
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I noticed the other day that someone had already designed that!

Sunvisor Clip Mercedes-Benz w126 by grob6k - Thingiverse
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1998 Saturn SL2, 4 speed auto, 240k - 35 mpg
1987 Mercedes-Benz 300D turbodiesel, 4 sp auto, 153k - 28.7 mpg
1993 Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 8v, 3 sp auto. 134k - 25 mpg
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:48 PM
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Old 05-07-2015, 02:25 PM
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There's a few lawyers in Stuttgart that would like a word with you...
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There's a few lawyers in Stuttgart that would like a word with you...
Hopefully they will see it as a huge compliment that I am promoting their products!
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1998 Saturn SL2, 4 speed auto, 240k - 35 mpg
1987 Mercedes-Benz 300D turbodiesel, 4 sp auto, 153k - 28.7 mpg
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Old 05-07-2015, 06:04 PM
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For the closest "chrome" rattle can I know of is from Spaz Stix, their Mirror Chrome. It's usually used in r/c car bodies which I have used it quite a bit and love the stuff! It actually looks identical to actual chrome if done right. Here's the trick, we paint r/c car bodies on the inside and in reverse lay-down. So the new bodies are clear lexan and when you paint them from the inside, the lexan effectively is the clear coat. So I don't know how well it would work for your Star. It does like a scuff to adhere to and needs a clear coat after. One of the other aerosol chrome paints might look better.

Model Master brand model paint has a "Chrome Silver Trim" color that would look good but it looks more like a bare or brushed aluminum look. You could brush it on or airbrush it, plus its enamel which will hold up good with a clear coat.

Looks good though! Is this made of PLA plastic wire?

Oh and since this is a personal item, I don't think Mercedes can do anything about it. Correct me if i'm wrong.
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Old 05-07-2015, 06:26 PM
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That one is made from PLA, but I'll probably make the next ones in ABS, so it does not soften in the sun.
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2005 Volvo S40 T5 AWD, 62k
1998 Saturn SL2, 4 speed auto, 240k - 35 mpg
1987 Mercedes-Benz 300D turbodiesel, 4 sp auto, 153k - 28.7 mpg
1993 Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 8v, 3 sp auto. 134k - 25 mpg
1996 Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 16v, 3 sp auto. 106k - 28.6 mpg
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:17 PM
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That is so awesome!
There are plenty of parts needed and some "want" items as well. One main thing everyone wants is a cup holder, that will sell like hot cakes Im sure!! And help with tuition and food and whatever else!
Oh yes, and a key head that wont break!
Not to mention what benz owner doesnt want a MB xmas tree topper!!
Keep us posted on your projects! Great idea, Im happy to buy to further your education!!!
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