3D Printed DB5

If you haven’t yet seen Skyfall, the latest James Bond blockbuster, you might want to look away. Unfortunately, near the end of the film a Silver Birch Austin Martin DB5 – just like the one driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger – gets blown to smithereens. ‘No way!’ you cry. No, not really, it was in fact a 3D printed model of an Austin Martin DB5 and not the all-time classic Bond car. Phew…

If you haven’t yet seen Skyfall, the latest James Bond blockbuster, you might want to look away. Unfortunately, near the end of the film a Silver Birch Austin Martin DB5 – just like the one driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger – gets blown to smithereens. ‘No way!’ you cry. No, not really, it was in fact a 3D printed model of an Austin Martin DB5 and not the all-time classic Bond car. Phew…

German print firm Voxeljet used a VX4000 printer to create the 18 different pieces of plastic required to build one 1:3 scale replica DB5. They were then painted and adapted with bullet holes to be used in the explosive final scene. And reports are they used nearly 50 of these models in filming. Considering that a standard DB5 (without the MI6 gadgets) will cost you about £350,000, it’s a good job these German blokes could help out.

It’s also encouraging that film studios aren’t completely reliant on CGI technology for their special effects and that the original DB5 driven by Daniel Craig is still intact, leaving us shaken but not stirred…