James Bond Uses 3D Printing in Skyfall

James Bond Uses 3D Printing in Skyfall

James Bond always has the latest technology at his fingertips to help tackle any situation.

Instead of 3D graphics, Skyfall uses innovative 3D Printing . It is prominently on display, as Bond’s famous 1960 Aston Martin DB 5 was 3D printed to prevent damage to the priceless original.

50 years ago, the Aston Martin made its Bond debut and has appeared many times since. The Bond team reproduce three 1:3 scale models of the car. Each semi-miniature model was printed from 18 individual components. This was so they could be assembled with real-life functionality such as opening doors, trunks, and hoods. One of the models unfortunately met its untimely death in an massive Hollywood explosion on screen. This sacrifice prevented the original DB 5 from being harmed during the making of film.

In movies like James Bond, action scenes in expensive film have to appear as realistic as possible. For the model builders working behind the scenes, the high demands of film makers translate into more requirements and detail work.

“The entire body is based on a steel frame, almost identical to how vehicles were assembled in the past,” says voxeljet CEO Dr. Ingo Ederer.


The first step in the 3D Printing process was to 3D Laser Scan the original car to produce a 3D CAD model to work with. The car was then printed in 54 individual parts, which were then carfully assembled.

While the car in the movie may have been blown to smithereens, the original remains in a garage, unscratched.



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