Post by universalexports on Jul 22, 2012 19:29:30 GMT -5
been thinking,,, I wounder if one could make their own emblem, I have been thinking about this, and doing a little research.
here is the plan, Aluminum can be polished to look like chrome. very shiny. Making a crucible furnace is very simple, and melting aluminum is simple enough. so if you could make a mold out of black sand or something. you could pour your own emblem, then trim and polish it.
Aluminum has lots of benefits, it will not rust, or pit. and If someone could get the process down, I am sure he could sell hundreds of them and make some money. I may have to look more into this.
There are lots of companies that could CNC cut these out of aluminum but in order to keep the per-unit cost reasonable, you would need to do a "run" of them. A number of members (50, 100, whatever) would sign up and pre-pay, then when all the money is collected the shop would fab them up, polish them and send them to the run organizer. Then they would be distributed out to the members. This is done all the time in prop building clubs.
The main challenge would be getting the emblem into a CAD format that the shop could work with.
This is a fascinating idea. With enough up-front interest, these could be made up for members, and marketed, even on eBay. The old pot-metal emblems are drawing a good buck there, new ones freshly made in the spirit of the vintage look could be really popular.
Post by universalexports on Jul 22, 2012 21:22:00 GMT -5
I've been watching video's on useing sand, sodium silicate and CO2 to make a mold, pretty simple, and the mold is fairly hard when done, you build it from the top to the bottom, then you make a 2nd part (top part of the mold), put the 2 halves together with a fill hole and an air hole and just pour in the aluminum, the finished part when removed should jut need some minor grinding and touchup. it looks feesable.