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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 07-16-2013, 03:49 PM   #1
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Cool My take on a side grill badge (interested?)

Hey guys, as some of you may be aware, my side badges look like they got in a fight with a maple tree. (thick sappy glue covers my emblems)

I am a product engineer by trade, and I came up with an idea for a new badge.
Basically it is a laser cut front plate, backed by a brushed stainless back plate, the back plate has vinyl (outdoor? chrome?) stripes to fill the empty space.

Also, I took some artistic license with the 3 as frankly, I never liked the floating 3 that was there. (I know BMW pisses perfection, however... )

I have a laser cutter making me samples now, once I have them, I'll show some actual examples.

Is there any interest in this? Should I do a short production run? I'll sell them at cost here. If there is dramatic interest, I may get with some distributors and see if they want to sell them.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:27 PM   #2
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Hey guys, as some of you may be aware, my side badges look like they got in a fight with a maple tree. (thick sappy glue covers my emblems)

I am a product engineer by trade, and I came up with an idea for a new badge.
Basically it is a laser cut front plate, backed by a brushed stainless back plate, the back plate has vinyl (outdoor? chrome?) stripes to fill the empty space.

Also, I took some artistic license with the 3 as frankly, I never liked the floating 3 that was there. (I know BMW pisses perfection, however... )

I have a laser cutter making me samples now, once I have them, I'll show some actual examples.

Is there any interest in this? Should I do a short production run? I'll sell them at cost here. If there is dramatic interest, I may get with some distributors and see if they want to sell them.
To be perfectly honest, I feel that too much dirt/grime would build up in the corners of that design. Unless it was super easy to pop the entire housing of the emblem off, remove the back plate, and clean JUST the plastic portion, it might work, but that's a lot of work to clean them.

Just my .02, but it's cool that you're trying to find a good alrternative.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:39 PM   #3
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^^ Perhaps is they were coated in a dome of resin you wouldn't have to worry?
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:59 PM   #4
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Good point! - I didn't even think about the dirt aspect.
I thought about making it clip in, but then I saw a flash from the future of some kid in my neighborhood wearing an o-so-stylish M3 Necklace. lol

Marshmallows Idea is a good one, plus it would make it look glassy. As a side benefit, I could have it cut out of much less thick material. (We use the thicker stuff here all the time, so it was mostly just convenience. )

The other thought I had was to use the piece as a negative to emboss some thick foil, drop in resin.
I'm having the laser house save the drop from the inside as an option as well.

Third option - Buy some OEM and use this as a keychain. lol
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maybeeeeee... if coated in resin... yes
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:37 PM   #6
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Good point! - I didn't even think about the dirt aspect.
I thought about making it clip in, but then I saw a flash from the future of some kid in my neighborhood wearing an o-so-stylish M3 Necklace. lol

Marshmallows Idea is a good one, plus it would make it look glassy. As a side benefit, I could have it cut out of much less thick material. (We use the thicker stuff here all the time, so it was mostly just convenience. )

The other thought I had was to use the piece as a negative to emboss some thick foil, drop in resin.
I'm having the laser house save the drop from the inside as an option as well.

Third option - Buy some OEM and use this as a keychain. lol
I really like the thickness of the original design, I suggest you keep it the same, but fill the holes and surround the badge with resin. That'd make it last forever and still look amazing.
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Looks decent man! Improve on the ideas that have been said and keep us updated.

I may be interested as mine are faded after a few years. I would just super glue mine in~ Im just not understanding the space in the middle of the 3 should either be filled in or look more like this:

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Looks decent man! Improve on the ideas that have been said and keep us updated.

I may be interested as mine are faded after a few years. I would just super glue mine in~ Im just not understanding the space in the middle of the 3 should either be filled in or look more like this:
The space was simply a design cue carry over. I wanted to add more slashes. I think I will design it both ways.
My GF said the space looked dumb too.... I told her to go drive her Pontiac. lol

I have a feeling the reason BMW made the 3 the way they did is because it was easy to get an endmill in there to make the embossing die.
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Okay, so with the constructive criticism I've received, I updated the design a bit. I've decided if I go full bore, I'll have them cut both OEM and my design, though I will probably go for a 80/20 split on the material with OEM being primary.

Take a peek. In the render I've shown a resin fill. (keeps the dirt out; Marshmallow)

I think I prefer the brushed stainless front plate with a black backing, from every angle it's more visible, I like the look of the black front plate and brushed back, but it seems without the reflection it's harder to see from all angles.

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On second thought, If I can paint or color just the face of the front plate, it keeps the reflective inside and keeps it visible.
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really good job on the update. I pref the one with the sliver backing as i have black grills. and obviously as i said before i pref the oem style text at the bottom.

When your ready to make them i will take a pair!
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:56 PM   #11
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So for fun and a fit check, I printed one on my 3D printer. I only have Barney purple, but it looks like it'll fit just fine.:o


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Silver one and I'm in! Mine are due for a replacement anyway. and either variation works for me personally!
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:07 PM   #13
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Okay, so with the constructive criticism I've received, I updated the design a bit. I've decided if I go full bore, I'll have them cut both OEM and my design, though I will probably go for a 80/20 split on the material with OEM being primary.

Take a peek. In the render I've shown a resin fill. (keeps the dirt out; Marshmallow)

I think I prefer the brushed stainless front plate with a black backing, from every angle it's more visible, I like the look of the black front plate and brushed back, but it seems without the reflection it's harder to see from all angles.

Thoughts?



On second thought, If I can paint or color just the face of the front plate, it keeps the reflective inside and keeps it visible.
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I'd take two of the black "M3" in a second if you would sell them
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The faded and yellowed badges can be made to look new by polishing with tooth paste. I may have spent ten minutes total...good as new.
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Tooth paste wont help melted badges. Which is OP's problem. Good tip though I may actually try this!
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Okay, so with the constructive criticism I've received, I updated the design a bit. I've decided if I go full bore, I'll have them cut both OEM and my design, though I will probably go for a 80/20 split on the material with OEM being primary.

Take a peek. In the render I've shown a resin fill. (keeps the dirt out; Marshmallow)

I think I prefer the brushed stainless front plate with a black backing, from every angle it's more visible, I like the look of the black front plate and brushed back, but it seems without the reflection it's harder to see from all angles.

Thoughts?



On second thought, If I can paint or color just the face of the front plate, it keeps the reflective inside and keeps it visible.
see?


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Lol sappy maple. But your product looks great! Might want to get a set myself
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Yeah, won't help the staph, but I can use this on my side markets.

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Old 07-29-2013, 06:49 PM   #19
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Re: My take on a side grill badge (interested?)

Here it's a sample the laser cutter sent me. This one is aluminum. I brushed it and stuck it in place.

I'm leaving it like this. Lol



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