Miami-based 1016 Industries set out to develop 3d-printed automotive body components that could one day become a scaled manufacturing processes. To show the possibilities, they 3D-printed a prototype widebody kit for the McLaren 720S. It includes a large front splitter with tall winglets on each side, a full headlight delete, new rear finder inlets, and a fixed rear wing. You’ll find plenty of exposed wiring for the mirrors, unpainted panels, and large gaps, which means it’s clearly just a proof of concept. Read more for the video and additional information.
Sure, you could probably hand this vehicle as is to a skilled body shop, and they would make it look more than decent, but it’s wild to think that some may soon be able to 3D print their own body kits at home. There’s no word yet on pricing or availability, but the company does hope to have a complete kit ready to be installed by early 2021.
- Build the awesome McLaren Senna, featuring a minifigure cockpit, removable windshield, interchangeable wheel rims, and McLaren and Senna logo stickers, and a wind tunnel then play out car development and race scenarios
- Includes a McLaren racing driver minifigure in a racing suit featuring the McLaren Senna and Pirelli logos, a helmet and spanner
- McLaren Senna toy car for kids measures over 1-inch (4cm) high, 5-inch (15cm) long and 1-inch (5cm) wide Wind tunnel measures over 1-inch (5cm) high, 2-inch (6cm) wide and 1-inch (4cm) deep
- 219 pieces – Model car for boys and girls aged 7+ and for fans and kids of all ages
- This LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Senna 75892 toy car playset can be built together with all other original LEGO toy construction sets and LEGO bricks for creative play
Incorporating 3D printing into our production processes has been a steep learning curve. But we were encouraged by how the 720S prototype performed. While the material hasn’t proven yet that it would be the right fit for a long-term prototype, our testing has proven that a car can use 3D printed technologies and be drivable. As to what extent, that is what 1016 Industries is working to find out now,” said 1016 Industries CEO Peter Northrop.