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Aston Martin DB5 stunt doubles in Skyfall created by 3D printers

Posted Nov 15th 2012 5:33PM

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This is a spoiler alert: stop reading now if you haven't seen Skyfall and don't want to know anything about it.

There are five major stars in Skyfall, only four of them human. The fifth is the Aston Martin DB5 that makes a return to the series as a gadget car for the first time since Thunderball. The plot calls on bad things to happen to the 1964 platinum coupe, but seeing as it's worth $4.6 million, producers figured it would be better if something happened to a facsimile of the 1964 platinum coupe.

Enter Voxeljet, an Augsburg, Germany company specializing in 3D printing. The production team commissioned three one-third scale models of the DB5, and Voxeljet's industrial-sized printers layered up the 18 plastic parts that compose the unfinished model. The models were then sent to Propshop Makers in the UK for finishing work like paint and bullet holes. And then one of them was blown up...

Showing just how much the Bond provenance can do for the worth of an object, one of the remaining printed Astons was auctioned by Christie's and fetched £61,250 (CAD$97,410), beating its pre-sale estimate by more than 50 per cent.

News Source: Voxeljet via Engadget

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