New Zealander Ivan Sentch is 3D printing an entire 1961 Aston Martin DB4 replica! Using a CAD rendering from TurboSquid, which he modified to suit his design goals, Sentch has so far produced 2,500 fiberglass molds and four four-inch sections that he has mounted on a wooden frame and glued into place. He spent about $2,000 on plastics for the 3D printing, and now plans to build a mold for a fiberglass exterior shell.
There are only 1,200 existing models of the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 in the world, each costing between several hundred thousand to $1 million on the auction circuit. Because of its limited availability, software engineers can’t get a hold of detailed designs, which eventually forced Sentch to crib a CAD rendering from TurboSquid to get his car built.
It may not look like it, but Sentch has been using the 3D printing technology only since last December. Before the Aston Martin, Sentch built a Ferrari 250 GTO with some parts taken from a 1993 Nissan Skyline GTS but he plans to replace its 250’s engine with a BMW V12.
So far he’s spent about $2,000 on the 3D printing material and still plans to create the exterior shell out of fiberglass. He hopes to get the car running in four to five years.