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I still remember mimeograph machines.  Seriously. So it is with particular wonder we witness the 3-D printing of a Shelby Cobra.

It’s happening now, not the future…

This is how the Oak Ridge National Laboratory does it: make a car using 3D printing.  ORNL is in Oak Ridge, Tennessee – not too far from Knoxville.

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Introducing the PRINTER.

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Has its own little cabana within the laboratory.

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Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman rides in an early prototype of ORNL’s 3D printed car.  Safety goggles are a nice touch.

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The ORNL works on attaching drivetrain components to the car’s chassis.

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An ORNL team member adjusts the suspension for the new 3D printer car.

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This 3D printed car body is a replica of an original Shelby Cobra.

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The classic blue and white pays homage to original Cobra, with the lab’s signature oak leaf on the hood.

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Makes you wonder if these cars will replace diecast scale models among hobbyists?  Here is a video:

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