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Jay Leno and 3D Printers

Jay Leno and 3D Printers

3D Printing is a revolutionary technology that makes a three-dimensional object from a 3D digital design.  Just imagine if instead of scanning a flat piece of paper and printing an image, you could scan an actual OBJECT and then PRINT THAT OBJECT.  3D printing makes this task possible.

So, what are some of the current uses for 3D printing?

The technology has been used to make parts for machines, custom limbs for amputees, crafts and models for hobbyists, and even clothing…and if you are Jay Leno, you use it to make parts for your massive collection of cars.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, the The Tonight Show host has a thing for cars.  He owns about 100 cars and 90 motorcycles, and even has his own website dedicated to his machines: Jay Leno’s Garage.

In his garage he has a lot of antique cars that they no longer make parts for. In the past if he has needed a replacement part he has had to send the piece to a machinist and have them try and replicate it. Now he just scans the part with his handy-dandy NextEngine 3D scanner and whips up a mold with his Dimension 3D printer.

Jay Leno's Garage
People say, “Why not just give the part to your machinist to make?” Well, if the machinist makes it wrong, you still have to pay for it. The scanner allows you to make an exact copy in plastic, fit it and see that it’s correct…My setup lets you create the perfect part. And you could press the button again and again.

The technology is not even as expensive as you think it might be.  A simple Google Shopping search shows 3D printers range anywhere from $1,000-$4,000.  What will you create?

Jay Leno's Garage



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