Popular British automotive TV show Car SOS, aired on National Geographic, has used 3D scanning and printing to restore the customized central console of a 1970’s Ford Cortina Mark III X.
From an article in 3D Printing Industry.
Unable to find a replacement for the console, a common problem when sourcing parts to restore classic cars, the car SOS team turned to 3D scanning and printing to produce the component within the show’s tight timeline.
Having leveraged 3D scanning for previous projects, the team reached out to 3D scanner manufacturer Artec’s UK ambassador, Central Scanning, to assist with replicating the console, and printed the component using a Stratasys Fortus 400mc 3D printer.
Recreating Rare Classic Car Parts
The 1970s Ford Cortina belongs to historian and writer Bobby Singh, who bought the car back in 1999 with plans to restore it. Unfortunately, the project came to a screeching halt in 2002 when Singh suffered a stroke and was later diagnosed with heart disease and a brain tumor.
To see Singh’s automotive dream resurrected, his family contacted the Car SOS team to complete the restoration. After inspecting the vehicle, the team found that the center console was missing and sought to source a new one. However, the search proved unsuccessful and instead the team turned to 3D scanning to produce a replica of a console they managed to borrow for a few days.
Car SOS then brought in Central Scanning, who has past experience scanning everything from entire cars to chassis, engine parts, interior parts and suspension components for classic cars.
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