Yes, the Aston Martin DB5 in Skyfall is more than meets the eye, and in a high-tech way. Its 18 parts were all made with a 3D printer, a VX4000 to be exact, and then shipped to London's Propshop where they were assembled, painted and touched up with fake bullet holes. Continue reading for a video and more information.
'Propshop commissioned us to build three plastic models of the Aston Martin DB5,' voxeljet CEO Dr. Ingo Ederer. 'We could have easily printed the legendary sports car in one piece at a scale of 1:3 using our high-end VX4000 printer, which can build moulds and models in dimensions of up to eight cubic metres. 'But the British model builders were pursuing a different approach.[Sources 1 | 2]
'The entire body is based on a steel frame, almost identical to how vehicles were assembled in the past,' said Ederer. 'In addition to the automotive industry, foundries, designers and artists, the film industry represents an entirely new customer base for voxeljet. '3D printing is on the cusp of a great future in the film industry. 'The technology offers fantastic opportunities, since it is usually much faster, more precise and more economical than classic model construction,' says Ederer.