At this week's Inside 3D Printing Expo, everything from clothing to skateboards and even food was being whipped up on a sea of ever-moving print trays. There was one creation, parked in the back corner of the exhibit hall like a looming gargoyle, however, that dwarfed them all. This is the 3D printed liquid metal Ford Turino, by Ioan Florea.
A mass of chrome and macabre shapes, Mr. Florea's creation definitely isn't your daddy's Turino. It also isn't quite what you think of when you imagine the car of the future. Instead, what Florea has done is create a vehicle that physically and artistically bridges the gap between the industrial revolution of the 1800s and the modern 3D printing landscape. To concoct his "liquid metal" skin, Florea first designed a number of large, undulating shapes and had them printed from a massive, industrial-sized 3D printer from sandstone.
Next he affixed the stone shapes to the Torino with bolts and metal mesh, finishing the process by applying the liquid metal top coat that is the car's chief physical trait. As you might imagine, the Torino's stone-and-metal skin adds quite a bit of weight to the car's frame. The car has actually been gutted, right down to the seats, to prevent it from crushing itself to death. Maybe that's for the best, though. Seeing this metal monster creeping up on you from your rear view mirror might just trigger some horrifying Deathrace flashbacks.