Photo credit: Sterling Backus
In the near future, we may see 3D-printing being used to manufacture everything from smartphones to even cars, but physicist Sterling Backus and his son couldn’t wait for the latter. So, they started work on a 3D-printed Lamborghini Aventador. They’ve spent around $20K on parts, with most of the body parts, including the panels, taillights, headlights and air vents, being 3D-printed, while others had to be ordered so the end project can actually be driven – frame, suspension, engine, etc. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Backus scoured the internet for existing 3D models of the Aventador and then added his own flair to the pieces before printing them. He used mostly plastic for the parts (PLA, ASA, ABS, and PETG), while adding carbon fiber nylon added structural rigidity. “The parts’ design is based on the Lamborghini Aventador, but we have changed each panel significantly, to add our design flair. Our objective became showing the car off at the local schools as a STEAM project, to get kids interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math,” said Backus to the 3D Printing Media Network.