For most people, dreaming of owning a lamborghini is as close to what they actually have in the driveway.Supercars are expensive and impractical, but that doesn’t make them any less satisfying, so physicist sterling backus decided to make his dream a reality with 3D printing.
Backus isn’t buying his Lamborghini. He’s not trading for it or stealing it either. He and his son are actually building it, one 3D-printed piece at a time. The vehicle, which is coming together quite nicely, was born out of a desire to teach kids that science can be cool, according to its creator.
The duo used a digital 3D 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.
As you can see in the photos, the exterior of the car has been split into panels which were then secured together. Of course, there’s a lot about a car that can’t be made of 3D printed plastic, which is why the go-fast bits are indeed still made of metal. The car sports a 2003 LS1 motor out of a Corvette and transaxle sourced from a Porsche 911. For 3D printed parts that needed to be particularly rigid, carbon fiber was added.
All told, Backus says he has sunk around $20,000 into the project. The builders still have a long way to go before the car looks like it belongs in a showroom — or even on a used car lot — but once it’s finished it’ll likely be the cheapest faux-Lambo on the planet thanks to 3D printing.
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