Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Jay Leno Auto Part Manufacturer Through Miracle Of 3-D Printing

Posted by Milton Recht:

From The Wall Street Journal, "Who Says Jay Leno Isn't Cutting Edge? When it comes to making parts for his cars, the 'Tonight Show' host is a pioneer" by John Koten:
Mr. Leno houses his more than 200 cars and motorcycles in a cluster of solar-powered warehouselike buildings outside of Los Angeles that span 110,000 square feet. In one of the structures is an expansive shop equipped with an impressive array of 21st-century machines, including a Stratasys industrial-grade 3-D printer, a NextEngine scanner, a Fadal computer-controlled mill and a (very pricey) KMT Hammerhead water jet cutter that can slice through steel. Along with a battery of more-traditional metal machining equipment, the tools allow Mr. Leno and a small crew of garage workers to fabricate just about any auto part that has been produced in the past 100 years.

No More Scavenging
"The days of going to a junkyard and trying to find an auto part that says Packard or Franklin on it are over," Mr. Leno says. "We can make almost anything we need right here in the shop ourselves."

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