If you watched Skyfall, you probably cringed at the sight of the iconic Aston Martin DB5 being blown to bits by a rain of bullets shot from a helicopter. But you didn’t think it was an actual DB5, did you? The real car is far too valuable to destroy like that, so the team created a 1:3 replica using high quality industrial 3D printers. They called on a company called “Voxeljet who used a massive VX4000 3D printer with 283 cubic feet of space” to create 18 different components, who were then “sent off to Propshop Modelmakers in London to be assembled, finished, lacquered, and chromed to make them look exactly like the original.” As someone who’s watched the scene, we can assure you the effect is spot on.
There’s no word on how much the 3D prints cost, but one of the unused model was recently auctioned off for $100,000. This price of course may be more reflective of the collector’s enthusiast rather than the price demanded by Voxeljet for their product, but it at least assures you that this wasn’t the work of some $500 printer.
VIA [ SlashGear ]