A software engineer from Auckland, New Zealand is using a 3D printer to create the body of a 1961 Aston Martin DB4.

A software engineer from Auckland, New Zealand is using a 3D printer to create the body of a 1961 Aston Martin DB4.

Ivan Sentch is giving a whole new meaning to the word "replica" because he is literally 3D printing the body of a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 which will be used on a Nissan Skyline platform. He started out by obtaining a CAD rendering from TurboSquid and then made some changes using Autodesk 3ds Max modeling software.

Using a Solidoodle desktop 3D printer, he started printing individual 4-by-4 inch sections which have been mounted on a wooden frame and then glued together piece by piece. Up until now he made more than 2,500 molds, representing around 72 percent of the printing process. After the exterior will be done, Ivan will have to start sanding, adding filter and then applying a glassy sheen before he paints the body. In addition, he also has to create the dashboard and other interior parts.

This isn't his first project as he already built a Ferrari 250 GTO which will receive a BMW V12 engine. Currently, the 250 GTO has parts taken from a 1993 Nissan Skyline GTS which will be installed in the DB4 once the project is done in about 4-5 years, according to Ivan's estimations.

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Software engineer uses 3D printer to build body of a 1961 Aston Martin DB4