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I had actually played around with the idea of doing this a few years back.
I was considering making this from either Stainless steel so it feels nice and sunstantial or aluminum to be able to anodize it.

If there is enough interest I'll consider making a batch of these.
I love it! Iíll take 2.
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I had actually played around with the idea of doing this a few years back.

I was considering making this from either Stainless steel so it feels nice and sunstantial or aluminum to be able to anodize it.



If there is enough interest I'll consider making a batch of these.

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I'm interested also.

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I'm interested. I sold my 94 nsx to get my exige. I kept one of the nsx keys because it was such a cool key. It has a very nice weight and feel to it.


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I'm in for one or two also, as I'm currently using the ragged shell of the Fubrication Unikey
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Just a suggestion, how about a very minimalistic emergency wallet key like this from a Ford.
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Just a suggestion, how about a very minimalistic emergency wallet key like this from a Ford.
That would be pretty easy to do. 5 minutes with a dremel or grinder on a metal key blank from the hardware store, then clean up the end with some sandpaper. It's basically just a key shank like you'd have in any of the unified keys.
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I had actually played around with the idea of doing this a few years back.

I was considering making this from either Stainless steel so it feels nice and sunstantial or aluminum to be able to anodize it.



If there is enough interest I'll consider making a batch of these.


Based on all the replies I think there is quite a bit of interest! What about posting a Group Buy on the Parts for Sale forum?


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Based on all the replies I think there is quite a bit of interest! What about posting a Group Buy on the Parts for Sale forum?


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Agreed.
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Here is a perfect example. An early Acura/Honda NSX key made of Monel, which is a highly corrosion resistant Nickel Copper alloy:
I hate all the keys for the Lotus, disabled the immobilizer, and would buy that NSX key in a heartbeat.

You make a key that looks like that for the Lotus and I'm in.

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I hate all the keys for the Lotus, disabled the immobilizer, and would buy that NSX key in a heartbeat.



You make a key that looks like that for the Lotus and I'm in.


My ideal key is pretty much that NSX key with "Exige" inscribed instead of the "NSX." I imagined something with 3-dimensional curves, maybe with a silhouette that vaguely resembles the Elige! Matter's key looks promising too, essentially the Lotus Logo as the key head.


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My ideal key is pretty much that NSX key with "Exige" inscribed instead of the "NSX." I imagined something with 3-dimensional curves, maybe with a silhouette that vaguely resembles the Elige! Matter's key looks promising too, essentially the Lotus Logo as the key head.


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My preference would be one exactly like the NSX key, only with the name Elise or Exige in it. I just think that people get too logo happy with stuff, we know the car, and the logo is everywhere. Just the name would suit me fine.

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My preference would be one exactly like the NSX key, only with the name Elise or Exige in it. I just think that people get too logo happy with stuff, we know the car, and the logo is everywhere. Just the name would suit me fine.
I agree with you, but the different variations in keys may cost more to make. A simple Lotus logo would be less time consuming and more cost effective. Can you imagine all the different variations of the Evora guys if each of them want a key.
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Based on all the replies I think there is quite a bit of interest! What about posting a Group Buy on the Parts for Sale forum?


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I will quote machine time and materials and open a new thread for those interested in the coming days.
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Here is a design I made last year and had 3D printed out of stainless steel. Took about an hour to sand and polish. I feel like it has the style of lightweight engineering but still durable. I think it cost about $25 for the print. 3D printed aluminum would be about $60.
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My preference would be one exactly like the NSX key, only with the name Elise or Exige in it. I just think that people get too logo happy with stuff, we know the car, and the logo is everywhere. Just the name would suit me fine.
I truly appreciate a clean, simple design, never been a fan of overly cluttered designs.
I added the border trim around the emblem to see how it looked and immediately removed it to keep it cleaner.

I could probably do some without the Chapman logo and just keep the LOTUS text.
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I truly appreciate a clean, simple design, never been a fan of overly cluttered designs.
I added the border trim around the emblem to see how it looked and immediately removed it to keep it cleaner.

I could probably do some without the Chapman logo and just keep the LOTUS text.
I love this key design, it's a bit quirky, and small like the car, but also elegant. I'd buy it.

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I truly appreciate a clean, simple design, never been a fan of overly cluttered designs.
I added the border trim around the emblem to see how it looked and immediately removed it to keep it cleaner.

I could probably do some without the Chapman logo and just keep the LOTUS text.
I like it! Either design is fine to me. I donít mind the CABC logo either.
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I truly appreciate a clean, simple design, never been a fan of overly cluttered designs.

I added the border trim around the emblem to see how it looked and immediately removed it to keep it cleaner.



I could probably do some without the Chapman logo and just keep the LOTUS text.


Possible to model in slight concavity on the face similar to the NSX key? Kind of a "landing spot" for your thumb when turning on the ignition. Key is looking good man, I dig it with the insignia removed.


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