Father and son are building Lamborghini Aventador from 3D printers
For most people, dreaming about owning a Lamborghini is about as close as they will really get to have one in their driveway. Supercars are pricey and not terribly practical, but that doesn’t make them any less desirable.
Physicist Sterling Backus has made it his mission to show his son how cool science and engineering is, by demonstrating the power of technology.
He took on a project of creating a life-size, functional and mostly 3D printed Lamborghini Aventador in his own backyard.
So he bought three printers off Amazon and started researching how to put it together.
Backus and his son have been working on it for over a year now.
Backus said, “Originally we were going to build it out of steel on a buck, but seeing how far 3D printing had come, we decided to 3D print the car instead.”
Because the printers can only do so much, Sterling prints individual panels and fixes them together.
He then wraps the panels in carbon-fibre Kevlar and vacuum seals it tight.
“I had no prior experience in 3D printing or encapsulating the parts. The encapsulation was based on skinning techniques I saw on YouTube,” Backus added.
The duo used a digital 3-D model to break the vehicle into smaller sections which could then be printed. It already looks a whole lot like a Lamborghini, but as Designboom notes, Backus and his son have made enough of their own design tweaks that they believe it’ll skirt any legal issues.
You might be wondering how much this all costing, but Dr. Backus only has a $29,000 budget.
So, he could be getting his very own supercar for less than $30k. his project is still ongoing but it looks like it’s taking shape very nicely.