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Jay Leno’s 3D Printer Replaces Rusty Old Parts

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Jay Leno has a lot of old cars with a lot of obsolete parts. When he needs to replace these parts, he skips the error-prone machinist and goes to his rapid prototyping 3D printer. Simply scan, print and repeat.

By Jay Leno

June 8, 2009 12:00 AM

One of the hardships of owning an old car is rebuilding rare parts when there are simply no replacements available. My 1907 White Steamer has a feedwater heater, a part that bolts onto the cylinders. It's made of aluminum, and over the 100-plus years it's been in use, the metal has become so porous you can see steam and oil seeping through. I thought we could just weld it up. But it's badly impregnated with oil and can't be repaired. If we tried, the metal would just come apart.

So, rather than have a machinist try to copy the heater and then build it, we decided to redesign the original using our NextEngine 3D scanner


Added: Jun-1-2013 Occurred On: Jun-1-2013
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Tags: auto_repair, metal, collector_cars, Jay_Leno, printers, auto_technology
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States (load item map)
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