Printing an Aston Martin DB4


With 3D printers finding their way into the workshops of makers the world over, it was bound to happen sooner or later. [Ivan Sentch] is making an Aston Martin DB4 with a 3D printer.

Before we board the hype train, let’s go over what this is project is not: [Ivan] isn’t making any metal parts with his 3D printer, and the chassis and engine will be taken from a donor car. Also, the printed plastic parts won’t actually make their way into the final build; the 3D printed body panels will be used to pull the final panels in fiberglass. That being said, it’s still an impressive undertaking that’s going to cost [Ivan] $2250 NZD in plastic alone.

[Ivan]’s body panels are made by taking a DB4 model in Solidworks, slicing it up into 105mm squares, giving each square extruded sides, and finally securing them to the wooden form after the parts are printed. There’s still an awful lot of work to be done once the 3D printed parts are all glued together, but it’s still an amazingly impressive – and cheap – way to create a replica of a very famous automobile.

27 thoughts on “Printing an Aston Martin DB4

      1. Probably because of a takedown request from the MPAA for being linked to by a site that uses a phrase similar to one they own the copyright for.

  1. I’m surprised he didn’t just use CAD to design the panels, break them into one inch strips, cut them out in foam, then glue all together.

    1. I think it’s probably other sites that also carried this, like reddit for instance.
      I don’t think HaD has the crowd to kill a site by volume.

      1. Probably not, but it definitely has the most suspicious looking referral URL for a server admin looking through the logs of their recently downed host.

        1. I don’t think that was ever a problem in East Germany. Trabis are quite neat though, the odd mad hobbyist imports them to other countries.

    1. The build is not a plastic shelled car, it is a mold made from a cad file that has been printed on a hobby grade 3d printer. He is using a printerbot. effectively he is downloading a car. putting a lot of time into printing a mold. of the car, pulling the fiberglass from the mold. than attaching said fiber glass to the exterior of a different car.. I am pretty sure that the idea is different.

      Also I believe that the Tesla is mostly extruded plastics.

  2. Ah been fantasising about building a ferrari 250TR using this technique and adapting some readily available chassis designs to fit the body and having one hell of a cool car.

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