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Volkswagen broken car remote hack
A simple 3D-printable clamp designed to solve one of the problems with Volkswagen cars - meaning specifically how to fix broken enclosures of the car key remote. VIDEO: https://youtu.be/0rRffUq74UUMaker/DIY
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A simple 3D-printable clamp designed to solve one of the problems with Volkswagen cars - meaning specifically how to fix broken enclosures of the car key remote.
It is common that the snap-fit cantilever beam holding the two enclosure halves, breaks if the remote is dropped on the floor.
Such car remotes are expensive to replace and therefore the most obvious solution is to try to repair them.
Since glueing the enclosure halves makes it difficult to replace the battery, a good solution is to opt for a non-intrusive design that holds the two halves together.
This thing is designed to 3D-print easily and act as a spring lever that holds both enclosure halves together.
The only change to the car remote is to drill a small notch on the metal-key-halve of the enclosure. Please see related images and video for reference.
Even though this is a somewhat odd 3D file which only is useful for owners of Volkswagen cars, it shows how 3D printing can be used to save money and prolong the lifespan of a defective product.
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It is great to know Erik that both our companies take a firm stand regarding owning and controlling transportation methods and energy consumption. Congrats on the Model S and the solar panels, it is the right thing to lead the way. This past summer we had the opportunity to test-drive a Tesla model S p85. That day we could not stop smiling! :)
Hi Creative Tools. That's amazingly nice to know, hat you're driving much more sustainable. We're like-minded people! I also drive an EV (Model S) and greatly enjoy it, obviously. I also generate my own power with solar panels and through turbine participation. My next home will be energy neutral, will be a big project, but fun as well!
:) We 3D-modelled this remote control hack not so long ago. It was before the media revelations about the troublesome situation Volkswagen now has. We jokingly thought that our 3D-printed part at least could solve one of the problems with VW cars ;)
At Creative Tools we nevertheless took emission and environmental aspects regarding transportation very seriously. This year we made sure we can solve the problem, instead of just trying to lower emissions.
Therefore we invested in new fully electric company cars (no hybrids!) - Nissan Leaf and Nissan Evalia. The emissions are therefore zero and the cars are INFINITELY MORE FUN TO DRIVE! :-) :-) The running costs are also ridiculously cheaper than gasoline, ethanol or diesel. We drive for roughly 8 to 12 EUR/100 km. In other words.... wen can't find enough words to express how satisfied we are with these fully electric cars. It makes it so much more fun (and and futuristic) to drive to customers to deliver and service 3D printers. :)
Our offices are powered by 100% hydroelectric plants from the river Nissan, which flows just outside our headquarters in Halmstad/Sweden. Ironically this river has the same name as the car maker Nissan!
Nice one. It's nice to not need VW to replace your key. No pun intended, but your fix got me thinking... I was wondering whether an AdBlue container could also be printed. Making your car more environmentally friendly with 3D printing would be the ultimate fix :)