Aug 20, 2013

Video update on 3d printed Aston Martin DB4 replica

They refer to Ivan as "recreational 3d printer". For some reason I find this hilarious.

From video description:
Ivan Aucklander Sentch shows how to use a 3D printer to create a 1961 Aston Martin DB4. Three dimensional printers have built guns, bikinis, shoes, egg cups and iPhone cases. But a man from New Zealand has taken the next big thing to the next level. A print car.
It's not just a car that is a replica of a 1961 Aston Martin DB4.
Solidoodle using a 3D printer $ 500 Ivan Sentch, a programmer of Auckland, printing a car mold.
"I've been printing since January and I have printed about 72 percent of everything," said Sentch.
Sentch last project was a Ferrari 250 GTO replica kit car. But to do the same with the Aston Martin would have cost about $ 15,000.
So far it has spent about $ 2,000 on the plastic over the initial price of the printer.
"For me it was a solution to a problem of costs," he said.
This is the first attempt at 3D printing Sentch. And because the printer is not large enough to print large pieces once, Sentch printed about 2,500 separate sections of the car body.
You set the design to print in the morning before work and at night before bed. A movement that initially thought it was a bit dangerous because the hot end of melting plastic thread reaches 200 degrees.
"It was a pretty big learning curve's Been printing find out and get some consistency," he said.
Once completed, it will make a fiberglass mold of printing and the setting for the engine, electrical system, suspension and transmission of a 1993 Nissan Skyline. He then will have to build the interior.
The project is a labor of love that reaches its second day of work and family life and Sentch not wait to have the mold ready for another 18 months. He will not drive the car for another five years.
"There are months of months of preparation before you can do that in a mold. Then have to sand back to a glassy finish," he said.
Sentch believed to be at least one or two decades before 3D printing is used regularly for useful projects.
"It seems that at this time people use to make plastic things that are not really needed," he said.
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