Physicist Dad Builds Epic 3D Printed Lamborghini Aventador For His Gamer Son

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Physicist Sterling Backus and his 11-year-old son were playing Forza one day when the boy asked if they could build a Lamborghini Aventador. Backus said sure and started work on a replica of the badass hypercar. A budget for the build was set at $20,000, and construction started right away. 

Backus chose to use a steel frame and LS1 V8 from a Chevy Corvette for power for his creation, and the panel layouts for the car come from the online design community called GrabCAD. The files were modified for 3D printing and were printed using a Creality CR-10 105 Desktop 3D printer.

After the panels were printed piece-by-piece, they were encapsulated in carbon-fiber because the 3D printed plastic would melt in the sun. The 3D printing process was long and arduous, with the front brake air intake alone taking 52 hours to complete.

Inside the car has a gated shifter, functioning lights, and upward-swinging scissor doors. To learn the techniques that were required for the build, Backus turned to YouTube videos. Once the project is complete, Backus wants it to serve as an educational tool for STEAM programs. He says that he will take the car to local schools to show kids how cool technology can be. 

It's been a bit over a year since Lamborghini unveiled the real Aventador SVK with a 770hp V12 and a body made from carbon fiber. The car weighs in at 3,362 pounds and can run from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. The car has a top speed of 217 mph, and an early production version of the car lapped the Nurburgring in 6 minutes and 44.97 seconds.