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    I do 3D design work and have access to several machine shops that do good work for a fair price. How about some knobs like the attached ones? I can basically make any design you want. Initial pieces would be machined from plastic or metal and later units could be cast or injection molded. The attached files are quick renderings of a 5 and 7 flute knob modeled like the BMW and Benz units. They are rendered as plastic with a rubberized coating like the VW stuff.
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    Same thing, but shiny so you can see the flutes better.
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    I'll say this much, the rubberized coating like is on the VW dashes is absoutely horrid. It looks good for a while, but as time goes on and it's touched, scratched, etc....it starts to look absolutely trashey...

    believe me....we took apart our entire subdash and sanded it down and had it painted flat black....keep in mind that we show this car on a national level...so we're super careful with the interior...and it still got to a point where we hated to show the car because of how it wore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ik632 View Post
    Same thing, but shiny so you can see the flutes better.
    that is very cool. I'm not a big fan of the origina design from the benz but i'm sure that this could be hashed out into a very nice looking knob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGTiVR6 View Post
    I'll say this much, the rubberized coating like is on the VW dashes is absoutely horrid. It looks good for a while, but as time goes on and it's touched, scratched, etc....it starts to look absolutely trashey...
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    Yeah, tell me about it. I had an 02 GTI and every piece that was coated in that stuff pealed and the dealer had to replace them.

    The stuff that would actually be used for the injection molded parts is a mix of regular plastic and a rubber polymer. It's not really rubber, but it feels like it. That way, the part can't peel or anything like that. I don't know of any thing on the market that is made of this stuff other than some fancy fishing equipment (knobs for reels). There's always a standard EVA that would give the knob some "bounce" yet still feel pretty rigid. We'll need to get a few made and see how they work. I actually called the rapid prototyper this afternoon and they can make a few of these with my solid models and we can test them in real life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_fx View Post
    that is very cool. I'm not a big fan of the origina design from the benz but i'm sure that this could be hashed out into a very nice looking knob.
    Thanks, those two knobs took about 5 minutes to design so it was a pretty rough concept. The main idea is to get the general proportions right then make it feel appropriate in your hand. The way I design them they could either be machined or injection molded so we have options to evaluate prototype units. I don't have any programming skills, so all I can offer is my mechanical engineering skill and try to help everyone get a knob that they like.

    If anyone has any special requests I'd be glad to model it and see how much it would cost to make.

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    Thats really nice for 5 minutes work :-) Maybe we could do some cheap idrive replicas :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ik632 View Post
    Thanks, those two knobs took about 5 minutes to design so it was a pretty rough concept. The main idea is to get the general proportions right then make it feel appropriate in your hand. The way I design them they could either be machined or injection molded so we have options to evaluate prototype units. I don't have any programming skills, so all I can offer is my mechanical engineering skill and try to help everyone get a knob that they like.

    If anyone has any special requests I'd be glad to model it and see how much it would cost to make.
    can you work with .obj's or maya files? if you can i could maybe help out with the design process.
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    very cool item. I will most likely pick one up once there is software to support it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_fx View Post
    can you work with .obj's or maya files? if you can i could maybe help out with the design process.
    I've sent models to my brother to render in Maya but never tried from Maya to SolidWorks. What software are you using to create the .obj's? I can import directly from Rhino, AutoCAD, IGES, Step, Catia, ProE and a whole bunch more. Whatever you are using probably has an output that's compatible with what I'm using.

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