This is a printable patch with the Foamcast Radio logo. Print it out and slap it on your tactical gear to show your support for the biggest podcast in the world dedicated to foam blaster toys! This patch was made in cooperation and with permission from Ben Anderson, the Foamcast Radio host.
There are two versions. Both are about the same size as an OutOfDarts patch. Version #1 is the standard patch, with one single object to print. It has been test-printed, and is the one featured in the photographs. Version #2 is a prototype, with the letters FR and the "waves" separated from the main base, which enables you to print them out separately in different filament colors if you don't want to use paint to fill in the logo. I suggest using a little bit of superglue to aid the friction fit. Version #2 has NOT been test printed, so if you print it and it doesn't fit together properly, please leave a comment with a description of the problem and possibly a photo, so I can diagnose the issue.
Edit #1: After Ben was kind enough to provide some feedback on the multi-colored patch, I upscaled it by a factor of 1.1x to hopefully allow the logo bits to attach to the base without having to sand or friction fit anything. Glue will probably be required. The "Foamcast Radio Patch Version #2 Component3 (Base with impressions)" STL file has been replaced with the "Foamcast Radio Patch Version #2 Component3 (Base with impressions upscaled)" STL. There is also a new file "Base" with no impressions to make placing the logo bits easier, but it'll be harder to align them properly.
If anyone wants to offer suggestions for future patches or designs, don't hesitate to comment or shoot me a PM!
The following tutorial is the series of steps I did to achieve the finished product featured in the photos.
Step 1: Print out the patch with a high resolution and layer height to guarantee good detail in the patch. (.15 resolution and 12% infill is recommended.)
Step 2: If you want to make a Velcro tactical patch, use a rough sandpaper grit (60-80 grit is good) to scratch up the back of the patch. This will help the glue adhere to the patch.
Step 3: Using cheap acrylic paints you can get at Walmart (Apple Barrel brand, Harvest Orange and Award Blue colors, in case you're wondering), apply paint with a small paintbrush in small amounts to the embossed areas. I recommend watching a YouTube video to get a good idea of what exactly to do, as it's kind of hard and lengthy to explain in words.
Step 4: Cut out the piece of Velcro that will be glued to the base. It doesn't have to look pretty, just make sure that it has rounded corners to reduce the chance of peeling off.
Step 5: Apply glue to the back of the patch and the Velcro piece. I used Gorilla Glue, the gel-based one sold in large tubes. This step can be skipped if you have Velcro with adhesive already applied.
Step 6: Press the Velcro piece and the back of the patch together firmly, and use your fingernail to push the edges down completely. If a little glue comes out from under the Velcro, that's a good sign! It means you put enough glue. Use a toothpick to wipe off excess glue from the back of the patch.
Step 7: Resist temptation and wait at least 24 hours for the glue to set.
Step 8: Put that patch on your chest rig, battle belt, tactical cap, whatever, and enjoy!