A recent article in Popular Mechanics considers the possibility of recreating pretty much any classic car by way of that new fangled technology, 3D printing. In case you are unfamiliar, these machines that create three dimensional output from a scanned sample or simply amorphous computer code are the latest hot thing, and work like science fiction.
What PM hypothesizes is that anyone could, from a measured model or simply a bunch of lines of code delivered over the Web, recreate a classic car… in 3D! Bringing the dinosaurs back to life remains pure fantasy, but a CAD-CAM’d and 3D printed Pegaso? That’s easily within the realm of possibilities. The question is, which classic car would you tackle?
The whole idea of 3D printing is in its infancy technology-wise, so maybe your first classic clone should be something simple, you know, like a Shelby Daytona. As the ability to make things in your own home grows, the mechanisms to make that possible will get rapidly more advanced, capable, and cheaper. Before you know it, you’ll popping out Delahayes. Considering how quickly technology advances, you’ll need to be prepared for this eventuality, so you had better plan ahead what car you are going to 3D print. Which one will that be?
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