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July 13, 2009
The thought of finding parts for an older vehicle -- much less one that's rare -- is enough to put many people off the idea of restoration altogether. But as Jay Leno demonstrates in his latest "Garage" clip, modern technology can come in very handy in these situations. Using a special scanner (cost: around $3,000), Jay creates a 3D image of the part that's broken; then, using a 3D printer, he makes a resin copy of the part (alternately: send the scan to Shapeways). Finally, a fab shop creates a mold from the model and casts the part in metal. Click "Read More" to watch a video of the process in action. [PopularMechanics via KickingTires]
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