- May 24, 2007
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I wonder how many other guys are doing this.
While he may have ceded the “Tonight Show” to Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno will never give up his mantle of being one of the most impressive celebrity car enthusiasts.
How impressive, you ask?
Leno creates his own spare parts for rare, old cars using a 3D printer. He described the process for Popular Mechanics, but here’s the gist of how it works: Leno scans the old part using a NextEngine 3D Scanner, which takes about 20 minutes at a resolution of 160,000 dots per inch.
This creates a 3D model, which he can then print in plastic with a Dimension 3D Printer in roughly three hours. At that point, he can use the plastic model to create a mold that can be used to build the car piece in metal.
Pretty nifty, right? He should put that much time and effort into his monologue.
Jay Leno’s 3D Printer Replaces Rusty Old Parts (Popular Mechanics via Gizmodo)