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Aug 12, 2019,  by Allianz Partners Business Insights

American physicist uses a 3D printer to build a Lamborghini

A US physicist has turned to 3D printing to build his own replica of a Lamborghini Aventador, with the help of plans he found online. The prototype, which is nearing completion, will cost him a mere $20,000.


3D printing has opened up a whole host of possibilities, among them the construction of a luxury car. A US physicist has used the technology to build a lifelike Lamborghini Aventador for a mere $20,000, a price tag considerably smaller than the $360,000 the Italian carmaker charges for the original, as reported by the French website BFMTV.


18 months of work


The man behind this rather curious project is Sterling Backus of Colorado. With the help of his son, the physicist referred to images downloaded from the internet to print all the parts needed to build the car. The pair used a number of 3D printers in the process, among them a CR-10S, a CR-105S and a QIDI Xpro.

Backus has his own Facebook page, 3D Car Printing, where he regularly posts photo and video updates on his project, which he began 18 months ago.


Diffuser out of the bag. A significant distortion top center. I plan to try some easy heat to soften the epoxy a little, and see if I can nudge it.

Publiée par 3D Car Printing sur Mardi 18 juin 2019


Carbon fibre-reinforced parts 


The homemade Lamborghini is fitted on a steel chassis with a suspension system. The transmission system hails from a Porsche 911, while the engine comes from a 2003 Chevrolet Corvette. Backus used carbon fibre, a light and very durable material, to reinforce some of the 3D-printed parts.

“The design of the parts is based on the Lamborghini Aventador, but we have significantly modified each panel to add our own design touch,” said the homemade car’s designer. His unique project is 75 per cent complete. Rather than sell it, Backus is planning to take the car to schools as a way of encouraging young people to pursue careers in science.  


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