SnapPlate (Model 3 Ascension)


This is a special SnapPlate base that only fits the aftermarket Ascension front fascia by Unplugged Performance.

It was developed as a special request for a customer and with the magic of 3D printing we were able to accomodate the next day! If you don’t have the Ascension front bumper from Unplugged, you want the standard Model 3 SnapPlate instead.

Our patent-pending SnapPlate removable front license plate mount installs and completely removes in seconds. The clean, minimal design blends perfectly with the Tesla front end when it’s installed, leaves no unsightly hardware behind when it’s removed, and the exclusive breakaway plate mount breaks away under stress to protect the grille on the car where it attaches.

SnapPlates are designed, printed, and assembled in California by Tesla owners and fans. We strive to reduce our environmental impact by using 3D printers to make strong parts with internal structures that optimize our use of plastics and by offsetting our 3D-printer farm’s energy with Tesla Solar and Powerwalls.

This SnapPlate fits all years of Model 3, but only with the aftermarket Unplugged Ascension front bumper.

Looking for a different vehicle? We have the whole Tesla lineup, spare parts, and more in our shop.



Our patent-pending SnapPlate removable front license plate mount for the Tesla Model 3 installs and completely removes in seconds. The clean, minimal design blends perfectly with the Tesla front end when it’s installed and it leaves no unsightly hardware behind when it’s removed.

The idea for SnapPlate was born when I got a ticket for not having a front license plate the same weekend I bought a new 3D printer. As a self-proclaimed front-license-plate hater, I wanted something that was easy to install when traveling to areas that enforce front license plate use and easy to remove the rest of the time. None of the options available had every feature I wanted, so I made one…and then all my Tesla friends wanted one too.

SnapPlate attaches and removes in seconds and is:

  • Paint-safe
  • Grille-safe
  • Radiator-safe
  • Autopilot-safe

Hanging a license plate off the front of the plastic grille is actually pretty dangerous for the grille and grille replacements are expensive. To make SnapPlate grille-safe, we designed it to break away if it is stressed by car washes, fender benders, vandals, etc. We know things happen, so we sell replacement parts for less than it costs us to make and ship them.

Each SnapPlate comes with:

  • One fully-assembled front license plate mount, ready for your license plate
  • Four black and four silver torx security screws for the plate
  • One black torx security screw to optionally secure it to the car
  • One torx security screwdriver to keep in the car
  • One zippered case to keep all the accessories tidy in your car

SnapPlate is perfect to:

  • Remove your plate for car shows
  • Install to avoid tickets while parked at a meter
  • Remove to clean your car at home or at a car wash
  • Install for toll-by-plate roads and bridges
  • Deter theft with torx security screws on the plate and mount
  • Install a temporary plate to support your favorite team on game day

Easy Installation and Removal in Seconds:

To install SnapPlate:

  1. Push the left side of the front to rotate the latches open
  2. Line it up with the center of the grille
  3. Plug it in
  4. Push the bottom of front to rotate the latches closed (internal magnets keep it closed)
  5. Done
  6. Optionally, if you want additional security, use the included screwdriver to install the black security screw into the hole on the right side

To remove SnapPlate:

  1. Loosen the security screw, if you’re using it
  2. Push the left side of the front to open the latches
  3. Unplug
  4. Nothing left behind





Once installed, SnapPlate sits away from the paint and is strong enough to resist wind and weather without touching the bumper. Take care during installation to not touch the painted parts of the car.


SnapPlate has four latches that fit perfectly through and behind the grille openings to install, but then rotate to hold. They hold it firmly in place without stressing the plastic grille. It’s also flexible enough to not break the grille if it is accidentally pushed into the bumper.


At less than three inches wide, it barely blocks the grille opening and the area behind it isn’t even open to the radiator so there’s no loss of airflow.


Autopilot uses a radar behind the front bumper that you don’t want to block, so SnapPlate holds the plate in nearly the same position as the factory plate mount.

*SnapPlate won’t damage paint, block airflow to the radiator, or damage the grille when installed correctly and used under normal circumstances. In the event of an accident this product is not intended to provide protection to prevent vehicle damage and we are not liable for any damages to any vehicles, people, or any objects caused as a result of the use of this product.

Unapologetically Printed

3D printing enables us to create a very strong product with an internal structure that is 90% air. That makes it strong while using less plastic than other processes.

Injection molding is great for making millions of simple things, but it’s very expensive for small quantities of complicated things like this. If not for 3D printing, SnapPlate probably wouldn’t exist or it would cost much more.

One consideration of 3D printing is that the surface finish is different from injection molded parts. Since it makes the parts one layer at a time, it has some distinct features. Here some examples:

Layers – parts are printed one layer at a time

Steps – the layers are visible as steps on slanted surfaces

Strings – fine, easily-removable strings are sometimes left behind

Small Holes – where the printer changes layers


Q: What is your return policy?

A: If you’re not satisfied, you have 30 days to return SnapPlate for a full refund. See our returns and refunds policy for details.


Q: What is the warranty?

A: We’ll give you 180 days to make sure it can hold up to your local weather. See our returns and refunds policy for details.


Q: Can I use a license plate holder or frame with SnapPlate?

A: If the frame is 1/4″ (6mm) or less then the included 10mm screws will work fine. If you need longer, this pack of multiple length screws should give you plenty of options.


Q: Can I get SnapPlate in a color other than black?

A: Maybe. Email us at


Q: Can I get a custom logo?

A: Maybe. Email us at


Q: If SnapPlate is so easy to remove, won’t it be easy to steal?

A: If someone knows enough to steal it, they should know that they’ll be staring at the front Sentry camera while they’re doing it, but if theft is a concern for you, just screw the included security screw into the hole in the side of SnapPlate to make it much harder to remove.


Q: Do you sell spare parts? For how much?

A: Right here:


Q: Can I get the files to print my own parts?

A: Not at this time, but we plan to open source it in the future when making them ourselves is no longer fun.


Q: What is SnapPlate made of?

A: PETG plastic (the same stuff as water bottles) and stainless steel fasteners.


Q: Can I take SnapPlate through an automated car wash?

A: Some touchless washes may be fine, but brushes or really strong touchless water sprays will likely push it into the bumper which could scratch the paint or (hopefully to avoid damaging the bumper or grille) break the plate mount off. In either case, we strongly recommend you remove it. SnapPlate is fast and easy to remove for situations exactly like this.


Q: Is SnapPlate weather-proof?

A: It is made of plastic with stainless stainless steel fasteners so there’s no concern of rust and the body has integrated drain paths for any water that might enter.


Q: Will SnapPlate fade in the sun?

A: PETG plastic is UV stable, but when it is mounted on the car, there is very little direct sun on it anyway.


Q: Will wind push the plate against the bumper? What about speed bumps?

A: We tested SnapPlate at over 80 mph and over sharp speed bumps at 20 mph with no issues. Check out our deflection testing video:


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