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October 2, 2014 AT 3:30 am

Modern manufacturing for vintage autos #3DThursday #3DPrinting #3DScanning

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Here’s a great example of 3D scanning and 3D printing being put to use in vintage car repair — and then replacement part “vanishing” into the overall design.

Modern manufacturing for vintage autos, from EvilMadScientist.com:

…Passenger side mirrors on cars and trucks used to be a luxury, add-on, or aftermarket item— if they were even available at all. My dad’s truck never had one. In the intervening years, many states have made side mirrors a requirement, and having them makes safely driving a vintage vehicle much easier. So how did he get the matching one you see in the picture [just below]?

He did what pretty much anyone can do these days: he had the driver side one 3D scanned, had a CAD model made up from the scan and then mirrored it. The model was then 3D printed and sand cast in aluminum. After some finishing work and paint, it looks fantastic….

Read more.

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