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3D Printing a 1927 Miller 91 Race Car Model

For something a little different on a quite Sunday, we are going to show you this interesting video that we found via our friend Ivan Pozega from Australia. Even though the 3D printing process has been around for quite a few years now, to both machinists of the old school and the general public it still remains something of a marvel. In the video above, you can follow the process of the construction of a fine scale model of the legendary Miller 91 Front Drive from initial computer aided design to the finished product.

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  • Photos of the 1927 Miller restored by Dave Hentscel for the late Chuck Davis. Photos courtesy of MillerOffy.com were you can learn all about the Miller.

The project used all four major 3D printing processes; FDM, Polyjet, SLS, and SLA and if that jargon is unfamiliar to you, rest assured that they are all clearly described by Mike Littrell of Cideas, who spearheaded the project. While the technology is currently restricted to the use of various plastics, polymers and resins, we suppose it won’t be very long before someone figures out a way to do this in metal, thereby revolutionizing the manufacturing of just about everything.

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  • Beautifully made Miller front-drive transmission-differential with inboard brakes and tubular front axle, Motor Age July 7, 1927.

10 responses to “3D Printing a 1927 Miller 91 Race Car Model

  1. I’m sitting here stunned after watching that! Human ingenuity is incredible when used positively. Congratulations to you guys for showing that anything is possible.

  2. I teach beginning AutoCAD at a local community college where we have a small 3D printer and I am amazed at what this machine can do.
    I my 67 years and would have to say that this is the best invention industry wise that has ever come along in my life time.

  3. I saw the first model of this at the International tool show, Chicago ,Ill. about 25 years ago, it sure has come a long way, and I’m sure this just the
    start.
    In 1958 when I started working as a machinist, the most advanced shops had machines that were programed by a paper tape.

  4. Wonderful website, I was trained as a gauge and toolmaker in U.K. stayed in that industry for a short time my main passion weas mororcycles and cars. My training came in handy when I later came to Canada, started a garage business, we repaired just about everything, then I got interested in building something from scratch. Looked into A.C. Cobras, as most Canadian and U,S . males had heard of them.
    After building more than one hundred of them I now rest my laurels and own a couple of Velocette motorcycles,amongst others. Still visit every car show I can, and can see another collector car on the horizon.
    Keep up the good work.
    John Brettoner

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