Fans of Porsche can now have the car of their dreams for a fraction of the cost. The catch: The Porsche is a 3D printed miniature.
Porsche has made the data for the Cayman model available for 3D printing for their fans and customers. The download is available on the Porsche website. You can even customize the model by choosing the color and size. All you need is a 3D printer or a 3D printing service, such as WhiteClouds, to 3D print your own model.
We decided to print the model on two of our consumer 3D printers, the MakerBot Replicator and the Cube Cubix 2nd generation. The Cube print turned out quite nicely and only took about two and a half hours to complete. The MakerBot print did not fare so well. There were spaces in the car where the printer had skipped and it took about twenty-seven hours to print due to its larger size. We had significantly scaled down the print for the Cube to reduce the print time. Either way, it was a fun experiment. Porsche has done an excellent job of making their model 3D printable.
If you’re interested in 3D printing other car models, you can check out Thingiverse, which is a website hosted by MakerBot that has free 3D model downloads. You can 3D print these models on your home 3D printer. We like the Mercedes-C9-inspired model, the UC Solar Car, and the 2040 Car-Spaceship. All you need to do is “Download this Thing,” save the STL file to your computer, and send it to your home 3D printer.