We have shown some cool videos featuring the amazing technology that is 3D printing here on BangShift over the nearly six years we have been around, but this one takes the cake by a country mile.Featuring the company CIDEAS and four different 3D printing processes, you’ll see a 40% scale model of a 1927 Miller 91 come together. From the frame rails to the wire wheels, body, steering wheel, grille, etc, it is all made by plastic 3D printing. The tires with the cool lettering in them? yeah that isn’t paint, those little letters were made and then inset into the tires, again, all through the 3D printing process.
One of the things that kind of blew us away in this video was learning about the four different major types of this technology. There is the so-called “3D printer” where an object is essentially made of extruded plastics that are shot out of a precision computer controlled nozzle. We had no idea about the process that uses liquid, one that uses UV lights and a cutter almost like a water jet, and a fourth process that uses powdered media as the starting point to the creation of an object. The project began when the folks who run CIDEAS saw the work of a designer that they collaborate with and when they noticed that there was an entire 1927 Miller 91 drawn in CAD to scale, the wheels started turning. Since they had those drawings, they could use them to program their equipment and actually start the process of building the car. Wanting to go the extra mile, lots of parts were sent out to be chromed and finished in a shiny fashion. That’s pretty neat because frankly, just putting the thing together in raw plastic would have been neat, but the fit and finish work done with this thing is what really puts it into the incredible category.
The ability of 3D printing (in all of its various forms) to bring an idea to an actual object quicker than has ever been possible before cannot be discounted. There is lots of it being used in the automotive OEM and aftermarket industries now. From the design of parts like intake manifolds, air intakes, and rapid prototyping of pieces like oil pans for engine swaps and other stuff, you can see the reasons why. In some of these processes, if your item doesn’t work, you can bust it up, throw the chunks back into the machine, and have it squirt out as a part of some other component.
We’re glad these guys did this and made the video to document it. Sometimes projects like these have lots of side benefits. The educate, wow, and introduce concepts and technology to people that may have otherwise never known…like us!
PRESS PLAY BELOW TO SEE AN AMAZING VIDEO OF A Large Scale 1927 Miller 91 race car Model Get Completely 3D Printed!