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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-28-2018, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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3D printed Decals

Decided to 3D print some raised LOTUS decals for my 05 Elise as the stickers are starting to peel at the corners

I want to try using some chrome spray paint to finish it off, but dont have any available at the moment

I am still in the prototyping phase to get the amount of curve and fitment well
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Interesting. Are you using ABS?

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Laser Cut

The laser does a nice job but flat only.

I think the OEM dimensional LOTUS letters used the thickness of the double sided tape to make up for the curvature.
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I am using ABS, and your tip about the OEM ones being flat really really make me wonder if I can get away with reducing the curve a lot

I would like to see someone with the stock raised lettering take side profile picture for me

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It would also probably be much easier and come out cleaner if you printed them flat and then sanded the curve on to the back. If you wanted them to fit perfectly you could just take a plaster mold of the curve from the car, then cast a block of some material off that to lay the sand paper on. Or perhaps even just carefully hold the sand paper on the car and run the letters over it there.
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