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JDM Forester "F" grill emblem

I removed my Subaru oval badge from my sports grill and didn't like the holes that remain in the center support. I really like the F badge the previous gen fozys have been rocking so I decided to make my own emblem via 3D printer. This JDM inspired F emblem will utilize the factory holes that secure the oval to the grill so it will be an easy swap.

Here is my first go at the CAD file. I will do a test print in a few weeks and report back.


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Fantastic! I wish i had a 3d printer just to print one out for my desk!



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if you could make them at a decent price you would make a killing. cant see the pic but i know what the emblem looks like. hope we get to see the final product soon!
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It has crossed my mind to start a small business as I would love to make more than one part for more than one make and model of car, but the startup costs would be around $3k (to buy my own 3D printer as I am currently using one at the public library, plus vender fees for the various enthusiast sites).

I'll give it some thought and perhaps start a crowd-fund project. If you guys would like something like this for your car please send me a PM and let me know what you are looking for so I can get a better idea of demand.


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Man, I could get one of those cut on our plasma cutter in nice brushed stainless..!

If you are willing to share the F emblem, I'm interested in it to make one for myself.
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PMed! Awesome man, hope it works out!!!


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Man, I could get one of those cut on our plasma cutter in nice brushed stainless..!

If you are willing to share the F emblem, I'm interested in it to make one for myself.
Unfortunately this particular CAD file would not be conducive to a plasma or water jet cutting process as it has chamfers and recesses. I can make you a similar file that would work for you, but it will be slightly different than the one I posted as it will have to have 2 tabs that hold the 3 parts together (you can see them in the file i posted, but they are recessed and chamfered to help hide them). Also keep in mind that the way it is mounted would require you to also locate, drill, and tap the screw holes in the back of the plate.
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Looks good, but it would be better if it had curved surfaces rather than just a straight cut.

Have you seen our limited edition 3D CNC machined F-badges? Notice the curved surfaces.





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Looks good, but it would be better if it had curved surfaces rather than just a straight cut.
In the CAD rendering it looks alright with the straight edges, but to each their own I suppose.
I guess that is where the "inspired by" part comes into play. Being a unique design makes it even more custom.


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I did throw a slight bevel on the top facing edge as I know from experience 90deg edges don't hold up over time. I'm sure I'll go through a few versions once I star printing.

Subtle.. that looks great!



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Looks good, but it would be better if it had curved surfaces rather than just a straight cut.

Have you seen our limited edition 3D CNC machined F-badges? Notice the curved surfaces.





nice! bet those are a few $!
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nice! bet those are a few $!
Only made (6) of them on our initial run.

Pretty costly to manufacture (3 pieces of 6061 aluminum) and all stainless hardware. Still need to finish coating (black) the backing/mounting plates. The F-badges in the front (2 pieces total) will be hand polished smooth (takes 40mins per set to polish them up!)

I think we have 2 left for sale.
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Unfortunately this particular CAD file would not be conducive to a plasma or water jet cutting process as it has chamfers and recesses. I can make you a similar file that would work for you, but it will be slightly different than the one I posted as it will have to have 2 tabs that hold the 3 parts together (you can see them in the file i posted, but they are recessed and chamfered to help hide them). Also keep in mind that the way it is mounted would require you to also locate, drill, and tap the screw holes in the back of the plate.
Oh, that's not a big issue. I'm a mechanical drafter, so I can do it like I want. I just wanted the F emblem shape. Dont know where to find it online.

Actually I was thinking about doing it in 2 layers of thin sheet metal, one behind that would be the backing, slightly larger than the F emblem, painted black, with a few holes behind to "plug/slot" weld the front, polished actual "F" badge parts. Then tack some studs behind to hold it.
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Oh, that's not a big issue. I'm a mechanical drafter, so I can do it like I want. I just wanted the F emblem shape. Dont know where to find it online.

Actually I was thinking about doing it in 2 layers of thin sheet metal, one behind that would be the backing, slightly larger than the F emblem, painted black, with a few holes behind to "plug/slot" weld the front, polished actual "F" badge parts. Then tack some studs behind to hold it.
See above photos.
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See above photos.
I may have an SH XT, but that doesnt mean I have plenty of monies to spend, and that looks too rich for my blood

Besides we don't have a CNC at my work, "only" a plasma table, and quite a lot of stainless sheet scraps The end result would be similar to that without all the rounded edges. Thats a really nice CNC F badge, BTW!
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