So far, so good for the 3D-printed supercar.
3D printing has taken the world by storm, and the motoring industry, in particular, has seen great value in this new technology. From printing old car parts that are no longer available to developing brand new parts for custom applications. While the limits of 3D printing are still being pushed in countless other industries, gearheads have taken it upon themselves to push the tech in their own way, and as we've seen, the results have been impressive. Chevrolet has proven that 3D printed parts can hold up on track with its Corvette race car, and we've even seen entire cars being 3D printed, such as the Lamborghini Aventador crafted by Sterling Backus. Now 1016 Industries out of Miami, Florida has revealed its new range of 3D printed parts for the McLaren 720S, which it has been teasing for months, and it looks almost as impressive as the carbon fiber Lamborghini Huracan Evo it built a while back.
1016 Industries has been hard at work testing its 3D printing capabilities, and instead of using a Honda Civic or Mazda Miata as the test subject, the company decided to use a McLaren 720S instead. From the pictures we can see that 1016 Industries is still in the early stages of development. The body kit looks aggressive and features a completely redesigned front end, and the side profile of the car has also seen some extensive work done. So far, the test car has been taken up to 80 mph without a single piece failing, but it remains to be seen what will happen if the 720S reaches its top speed of 212 mph.
"In theory, 3D printing technology seems like something that could be easily applied to the automotive industry. 1016 Industries came out swinging and thought 3D printing technology was something that we could get right the first time, but the reality is much more complex. Incorporating 3D printing into our production processes has been a steep learning curve, but we were encouraged by how the 720S prototype performed," said 1016 Industries CEO Peter Northrop.
The company plans to debut its first full-body 3D printed kit early in 2021 and also plans to provide direct printed tooling molds for the McLaren 720S in the near future.