Sterling Backus and his 11-year-old son were playing Xbox’s Forza Horizon 3 one day when his son turned to him and asked if they could build one. Typically, dads will make some lame joke about making a bunch of money before that is possible, but not Sterling. You see, Sterling is a physicist and professor, so it was possible.
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The two wasted little time getting started. Sterling decided to use a 3D printer to make the car of his son’s dreams. To begin, the college professor at Colorado State University began designing the exotic vehicle using SolidWorks, a 3D software suite that can help you build your own designs.
One would imagine the 3D printer needed to build a Lamborghini would be massive and expensive, but you would be wrong. Sterling purchased a $650 QIDI Xpro system in order to print his parts and then attached them using an ultra-bond adhesive to keep the car together.
According to The Drive, all exterior parts of the vehicle were cut from a 1/16 inch Lexan. It’s important to note that some of the parts had to be metal due to the fact that car had to have weight if it was ever going to be driven.
As for the engine, the Aventador’s 6.2-liter V-12, was replicated with a 5.7-liter GM LS1 engine from a 2003 Chevy Corvette equipped with two turbochargers, AutoBlog reported.
This project has been a lengthy endeavor. To put into perspective how long it takes, Sterling spent 52 hours on the front brake air intake alone.
Now the million-dollar question remains: How much does it cost to follow in the footsteps of Sterling? Well, it’s actually cheaper than you would think. According to Sterling, he spent about $20,000 on materials.
They still have a way to go until the car can be driven, which is the end goal for Sterling and his son. But even those who don’t care about cars have to recognize how impressive this is.
When asked what he wants to do with the vehicle once he’s finished it, Sterling explained that he plans to bring it around to “local schools to show kids how cool technology can be.”