CIDEAS creates a dashing 3D printed replica of 1927 Miller 91 race car
3D printing and classic automobiles – they do make for a potent combination, as we discovered in the case of James Bond’s 1960 Aston martin DB5 model. And, this time around, things hark back to the 1920’s, with Illinois based ‘Rapid Prototyping’ consulting company CIDEAS creating a gorgeous replica of the 1927 Miller 91 race car. The 40% scale model was contrived by using four kinds of 3D printing technology, with all of them catering to specific components and parts of the car. The end result is a dashing replication of the exalted racing car in all its purist glory.
The original CAD model was created to the scale of an authentic 1927 Miller 91 by designer Bill Gould. The team from CIDEAS utilized this drawing for their bold vision of realizing a fully three dimensional model in real time. The designers achieved this momentous feat with the aid of various 3D printing technologies that were available at their disposal. For example, one of the technologies entailed a 3D crafting process that used liquid, while another technology required ultra violet lighting to operate.
As for the car model itself, the impeccable details are there to see, starting from the wired wheel rims and the body to the front grille and even the steering wheel. In fact, the lettering we see on the wheels are actually not painted, but rather inset into the tires by the method of 3D printing. Of course, some parts of the body (after their completion) were sent out to be finished in a glossy manner, thus ultimately notching up on the authentic factor.
The great part about the entire endeavor is that the designers have documented their project for many enthusiasts to see. Check the video given below to gleefully gawk at the building process of the 1927 Miller 91 race car.