by Mark Prigg Daily Mail
James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 was put through a series of huge explosions and stunts during the filming of Skyfall, including one scene which saw the priceless vehicle explode in flames.
However, producers have revealed the secret behind the stunts – if they lost a car, they could simply print another.
Three replica cars, a third of the size of the real thing, were created using a large scale 3D printer.
The models double for the now priceless original vehicle from the 1960s in the film’s action scenes.
The models were made by British firm Propshop Modelmakers Ltd, which specialise in the production of film props, and used Voxeljet to print the cars.
‘Propshop commissioned us to build three plastic models of the Aston Martin DB5,’ voxeljet CEO Dr. Ingo Ederer.
‘We could have easily printed the legendary sports car in one piece at a scale of 1:3 using our high-end VX4000 printer, which can build moulds and models in dimensions of up to eight cubic metres.
‘But the British model builders were pursuing a different approach.
‘To ensure that the Aston Martin was as true to detail as possible, and for the purpose of integrating numerous functions into the film models, they decided on an assembly consisting of a total of 18 individual components.
‘The entire body is based on a steel frame, almost identical to how vehicles were assembled in the past,’ said Ederer.
‘In addition to the automotive industry, foundries, designers and artists, the film industry represents an entirely new customer base for voxeljet.
’3D printing is on the cusp of a great future in the film industry.
‘The technology offers fantastic opportunities, since it is usually much faster, more precise and more economical than classic model construction,’ says Ederer.