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I've been 3D printing for our small business since around 2012. One thing to know about PLA is that, even though it's printed at around 200*C, at even 100*F, it becomes soft and floppy. I've had work parts get soft and very deformed from sitting in the front seat of my car in the Florida sun. It was a straight probe holder about one foot long, three inches wide, and less than a quarter inch thick, with large cutouts to reduce weight and material. It sagged under its own weight in the sun and ended up in more of an "L" shape. Completely ruined the part.

I like the idea of your badge but I don't think PLA is going to work for you unless your car paint never gets above 80*F. If it does, ABS or PETG is going to hold up far better. If you find that you can't reliably print ABS or PETG, you can try High Temp PLA or Tough PLA. You'll have to heat treat your badge in an oven or toaster oven after printing. I don't understand the chemistry behind it but the heat treatment makes the part much more heat resistant and it won't soften again unless the temperature gets much hotter than where it softened during the heat treatment.

Good luck! I've found 3D printing to be one of the more frustratingly enjoyable endeavors I've tried. :LOL:
 
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That is really slick! A friend of mine just helped me upgrade a several years-old Creality CR-10S. About $100 worth of upgrade parts and it's printing better than our $5k Ultimaker S5. :oops:

I'm really impressed with people who can 3D model well. I've been doing it intermediately for a decade and I'm still terrible at it. :LOL:
 
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