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Old 11-10-2009, 07:59 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Miata Turbo keychain

I can create a design that we all think looks good () and get it manufactured over at shapeways.com in metal (or plastic if you prefer).

Cost may be a bit on the high side to do it in metal, see some random example here:
Shapeways | keyfob111

But if you pick plastic you can always just paint it and call it a day..

Any interest in something like this?
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Make it a bottle opener and i'm in lol.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:14 PM   #3
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i think that can be arranged
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:24 PM   #4
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in for bottle opener
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In for bottle opener!
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Bottle opener! Get it done before the frakin' t-shirts.
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:06 PM   #7
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workin on it.. right now i'm fighting with the mesh extract from the 3d cad program.. the nurbs surfaces are OK but once put into mesh things get a little ugly.. i will try to eliminate some of the filleted edges and see if that helps.
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:24 PM   #8
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oh **** a little miataturbo bottle opener would be great to replace my generic fish one.
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:52 PM   #9
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OK so this i what i have so far.. (pics coming soon).

It says TURBO (O is the turbo icon).. that is 1 cm wide, sitting on top of a flat plate which will be the lever part of the opener.. on the other side of the flat plate it can say either: MIATA or MX-5... or, if i shrink the font, both.. Ideas?
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:57 PM   #10
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I like the idea of keeping MIATA and TURBO side-by-side myself.
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:58 PM   #11
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im down for one!
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:18 PM   #12
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Here's the 1st set of renderings, don't be too harsh!

Kotomile -- regarding keeping the words side by side, i tried that but it gets rather long & narrow, unless i make the font relatively small, and then have dead space above and below.
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:20 PM   #13
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If you guys are really looking for bottle-opener functionality then it would have to be made of metal.. i will try to get this uploaded to shapeways to get an estimate..

i am worried it may not be cheap because of the thickness..
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I have had this guy xnology.com - custom cut laser junk make me some one off key chains in the past he is very reasonable and as a bonus he also does bottle openers!
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:29 PM   #15
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nice. That's a different technology, probably would be cheaper than the shapeways thing i'm working on..

The difference is that w/shapeways you are actually doing 3d printing, so provided you're a good artist / designer (which i'm not) then you can make practically any shaped objects.
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Shapeways | Miata Turbo Keychain

lol ok so that went faster than i thought.

Take a look at that (click the "view in 3d" to get the whole idea), let me know what you think.

At this point anyone can go buy one off of there... If you're really interested in a 'group buy', i can get a few of them and forward them on to you.. The reason is that they charge $25 minimum, and this thing is a little less than that, so you'd be throwing away a few bucks if that was all you bought.

The other thing is, i have no idea if 1) the shape will be an effective bottle opener, and 2) if the metal process used will be strong enough, though others seem to have made bottle openers on that site.
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"invalid model id"

edit: found it, search for "miata turbo", go figure.
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:06 PM   #18
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Shapeways | Miata Turbo Keychain

fixed link.. i had to delete & reupload complete model, i guess it got a new "id".
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:36 PM   #19
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Or.. did you guys want something simpler like this (Let's call this "Design B")

I can make the lettering raised or cut out.

According to shapeways that's actually cheaper, a little over $10 / unit..

I need feedback guys!

http://www.shapeways.com/model/64587..._design_b.html
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That ^^ I like.
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