3D printing an Austin Martin DB4

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  1. MIG-31

    MIG-31 Old time Member.. Staff Member

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    Some guy in Australia is 3D printing an Austin Martin DB4 and assembling it himself. According to his site, he has the car 72% printed and 52% assembled.

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    This reminds me of the famous "Would you download a car?" question! :D
     
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    just a big GTX slot car right?
     
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    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    He could have waited a smidge longer and made the entire car out of metal using a metal 3D printer.
     
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    ^^^^^This.
     
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    but why? the whole idea is just daft..
     
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    Because he can?

    People do strange things for all kinds of weird reasons.
     
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    why not..

    if I could download and 3D print a car.. I would.

    Actually that Japanese 3D printer that built an entire car not only made it more durable.. stronger and lighter due to the way 3D printing can do things... it made it more economical as significantly less materials are needed and of course essentially ZERO wasted materials on top of it.

    One of the engine engineers figured they could build a smaller/lighter engine with twice the overall power and fuel efficiency not to mention better cooling removing hot spots and with more intricate porting due to the processes available for 3D printing. An engine block that could be significantly stronger and last a very long time eliminating problems that are causes by cast blocks or aluminum blocks made in todays current way.
     
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    still daft Judas...no matter how you look at it. requires finess, a printer does not have that yet.
     
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    not true fallstaff

     
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    My point entirely, this is a clever kit, but not an automobile mate.
     
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    that example is the epitome of finesse I would think... They can do fully functional moving part, so a car shouldn't be much different.
     
  13. Liqourice

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    A car manufacturers nightmare? ;)

    Kit car makers dream..
     
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    I guess what I mean is the human touch I suppose, the printer can replicate an identical product but there is something about the human hand, the odd error or unique twist or roll of a detail. It just seems so artificial, but then I guess its all artificial eh?
     
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    3D printers can print out resolution SIGNIFICANTLY better with more advantages then drop forging or any other type of manufacturing..

    They have even demoed 3D printing at near atomic levels.... allowing them to make surfaces so smooth they don't even necessarily need oil to operate.

    It's beyond just being superior when they get it up to standard, it's outright going to destroy older manufacturing.
     
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    Nah...
    3-D printing won’t replace other manufacturing technology,
    The fact is that 3-D printing is really, still, an immature technology.
    3-D printing will not replace other manufacturing technologies let alone industrial-scale ones for a variety of reasons. It will complement them.
    The fact is that 3-D printing is really, still, an immature technology. We’ve built a magical aura around it or hype, but it is slow by industry standard.
     
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    So far. History have surprised us before.

    Thing is, these things won't do anything else than they're told to do. Even if the tech gets to the point where it can replace todays manufacturing tech there will still always be a human hand making the design and ordering the part(s). Computers cannot be creative like the human brain can, at least not until we have learned how to copy the human brain. There's nothing to worry about here, it's just another leap in industrial technology.
     
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    I think it is the future though... Cars and engines used to be made by hand and that got then replaced by machines.. machines will eventually be replaced by 3d printers...
     
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    undeniably, but I am not so quick to adopt something that is not mature, but i know it will be as common as the lightbulb and the tissue.
     
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    Perhaps you aren't, but I'm sure others are. And like you said earlier, I think 3D printing will be there to compliment a manufacturing process. Though, I also see this as replacing the manufacturing process as the 3D printing process becomes more efficient further down the line.
     

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