Syfy Wire reports on physicist Sterling Backus, who has just gone and 3D printed almost an entire Lamborghini Aventador in his own backyard. Apparently, “it started as a project to show his son, who asked for a muscle car after playing the video game Forza Horizon 3, that science is cool.”
Even more spectacularly, Backus was able to complete this project for about $20K! Once you consider the asking price for a standard Lamborghini Aventador, which is $400K, this 3D printed discount is quite remarkable. 95% off remarkable!
As Backus explains: “we decided we would use advanced technology to build the car. However, we needed to do it on the cheap. This led us to research different automotive construction techniques. We wanted the car to be safe, so we decided on steel for the frame. In the end, after choosing 3D printing for most of the body of the car, we needed it to be strong.”
“Almost everything making up this vehicle was designed in SolidWorks and came out of a 3D printer, from the body panels, interior parts, and air vents to the headlights and taillights. It needed a steel frame so it wouldn’t fall apart. Backus found anything else that couldn’t be 3D-printed (which really wasn’t that much) on eBay and at parts suppliers, including some authentic used Lamborghini parts and a 2003 LS1 Corvette engine, which was merged with an inverted Porsche 911 transaxle.”
Backus concludes: “the parts’ design is based on the Lamborghini Aventador, but we changed each panel significantly, to add our design flair.”
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