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.
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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