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New Zealand man printing full-scale car using desktop 3D printer

- July 30th, 2013

Replica

I’ve heard of 3D printers being used to create tiny little plastic replacement parts for cars, but Auckland New Zealand’s Ivan Sentch has something on a much grander scale in mind. He’s got his sites set on 3D-printing a full-scale car and planning on doing it with a desktop 3D printer.

And it’s not just any car; it’s a replica 1961 series II Aston Martin DB4. If you think it’s impossible, well think again. According to Solidoodle, the company that makes the custom $698 3D printer Sentch is using for the project, he’s already 72% done and only started at the beginning of this year.

design2CAR

Bit by bit, pardon the pun, he’s creating the car’s body from fibreglass, using the 3D printed parts to create a mould.  And while the Solidoodle is what’s being used to output the parts, to master his creation, he’s using Autodesk 3DS Max 2011 as his design tool of choice. According to his posts, he is using the software’s object cross-section feature, which he uses to make the framework the panels sit on.

In case you’re wondering, he will need a donor car for some of the parts he can’t make. Currently, it’s a Nissan Skyline GTS25T, but Sentch says that it could be subject to change.

Although he does have some programming experience, this is the 1st 3D project for this “Solidoodler”.

I guess why not go big right off the bat or go home. Should be interesting to see what it looks like when it’s done.

If you would like to see more photos and to follow Sentch’s progress, check out his Replica DB4 Project blog.

UPDATE Aug 7, 2013 : Sentch has added a Facebook Page to mirror his blog for those who prefer to visit that platform.

 

Images courtesy Ivan Sentch.

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12 comments

  1. kirk F | August 1, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Awesome, but is he still using Vista?

  2. Greg Gazin | August 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    UPDATE Aug 7, 2013 : Sentch has added a Facebook Page to mirror his blog for those who prefer to visit that platform. See link at the bottom of original post.

  3. Buddy Hodges | August 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Amazing! This whole 3-D printing phenomenon is fascinating.

  4. Greg Gazin | August 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I agree, Buddy and I think this is just the start!

  5. Richard | August 18, 2013 at 1:48 am

    The plastic used in printing is about $40 a kg. The cost will cost a fortune.

  6. Michael | August 21, 2013 at 1:30 am

    How about a little closer to home. http://korecologic.com/. Body of car was printed.

  7. Greg Gazin | August 21, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Michael, thanks for letting us know that these things are being done locally!

  8. Jullian Regina | September 27, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    What a cool car!?!? It won’t be long before we’re just printing our new cars instead of going to a dealership to buy, you’d be going to a dealership to make! How cool!

    Chris Anderson wrote the book “Free” several years back and followed it up with “Makers” the new revolution of everyone being a creator. Pretty interesting stuff!!

    Cool post mate!

    Jullian

  9. Farhan | March 29, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Lol @ Kirik. That’s New Zealand for you :)

    The sad thing is that the work has slowed down on the DB4. This is what he said on his FB page: “Very little I’m afraid, finding it hard to find time now I need to drive somewhere to work on it. It’ll probably be that way until I’m in the new house and it’s back in my garage again (Sept)”

  10. Greg Gazin | March 29, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Farhan. That too bad. Was looking forward to seeing the final product. Thanks for the heads up.

  11. Farhan | March 31, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Yeah it is disappointing.
    P.S: You’re welcome Greg.

  12. George Morgan | May 30, 2014 at 5:54 am

    I also thought of replicating vintage cars through 3D printing, but I guess that would cost me an arm and leg to purchase the needed materials. For now, I’m contented to create prototype car parts and miniature automobiles. This one is the strongest material I’ve tried so far http://www.3d2print.net/shop/3d-printer-filament/nylon-filament. Is there something better than this? Any suggestions?

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