Cars, guitars, and tracheal implants: Is there anything that 3-D printers can't make?
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Ivan Sentch of Auckland, New Zealand, has been working on his ambitious 3-D-printing project since the start of 2013. He's using a Solidoodle 3-D printer to build a replica of an Aston Martin DB4 sports car -- a daunting effort for an auto enthusiast with no previous 3-D printing experience. Sentch is using Autodesk 3ds Max as his 3-D design software, and AllyCAD, a separate CAD app, to print MDF (motion-defined form) shapes on paper. As of late July, his 3-D car project was 72% complete -- the printing, anyway. The assembly phase will bring "endless months" of additional work, he says. For more details on Sentch's 3-D-printed car project, check out Solidoodle's interview with the car builder.
Sentch isn't the only one printing vintage vehicles. The makers of the latest James Bond film, "Skyfall," enlisted the services of German 3-D printing company Voxeljet to build three plastic models of the legendary Aston Martin DB5 sports car, says 3-D printing news site 3Ders.org. One of the models explodes in the film. Sad.
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