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    Question Do You Know What a .DXF file is?

    If you do, then I need your help. I have access to someone that can do really neat custom machining. He owns a Silverado as well and we are both fans of illuminated door sills. Pictured here...
    We think that 400$ is too much to pay and would like to try to make some ourselves.This is where you come in, We can not find a scale, .dxf file to work from. We have tried saving vector files as .dxf several times now unsucessfully. So I am asking if there is anyone out there with Autocad and a little free time. Draw up some artwork and send it our way. It might just get you a set like these. Complete with electroluminescent panels beneath them that would come on when you open your doors...

    Keep in mind that this is a DIY project of ours and there will Not be any exchange of money! only services.

    Keep on truckin
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    Marc

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    For $80 you can get RasterVect that will put your drawing into an output file .dxf for use with your CNC.

    Check it out at: http://www.rastervect.com/
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    How would I get a set without paying 400 for them? That's kinda pricy
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    Another thing you can do is order a free Auto CAD 30 day trial.
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    Good Ideas folks, I'll give that program a shot,
    I'll make sure i do a write-up once I get a set finished!
    Marc

    2008 Chevrolet Silverado
    Black on Black leather, XM,
    20" GA 4.6
    Bak Flip G2
    5.3L FLEX
    Custom machined bow-tie
    (my ME ; )
    Billet grille inserts
    Paint Matched
    door handles & mirror covers
    Partially de-badged

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    Default I have AutoCAD

    I've got AutoCAD and I could probably come up with some time...looks like you are not asking for a whole lot.

    Mark
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    Talking Update

    Ok, I have slowly been creeping along with my door sill project and I am starting to get excited about the results. Enough so that I want to share where I am. I wrote a program to cut the Silverado letters, have an all but polished sill design and have come up with a way to fill the letters in with clear hardening epoxy so my finished product will have longevity. I also recently figured out how I will prevent the Aluminum from corroding. Primer on the underside and spray in bed liner on the top! Here are some progress pics.
    Marc

    2008 Chevrolet Silverado
    Black on Black leather, XM,
    20" GA 4.6
    Bak Flip G2
    5.3L FLEX
    Custom machined bow-tie
    (my ME ; )
    Billet grille inserts
    Paint Matched
    door handles & mirror covers
    Partially de-badged

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    Cool

    S3--> In the Raw

    S1--> Cut to the Ballpark

    S2--> 3D to show thickness/strength

    S4--> showing off
    logo is close to 18" in length and just over 2" tall
    Backlit in a close to factory display color and if everything goes right,
    Will illuminate only when the door is open!
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    Marc

    2008 Chevrolet Silverado
    Black on Black leather, XM,
    20" GA 4.6
    Bak Flip G2
    5.3L FLEX
    Custom machined bow-tie
    (my ME ; )
    Billet grille inserts
    Paint Matched
    door handles & mirror covers
    Partially de-badged

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    That is one of the coolest DIY projects I have seen in a long time.. I really dig it.
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