Ok, so this doesn’t have a fully-working valve assembly or intake/exhaust manifolds, sure. But the thingiverse community (sirmakesalot anyway) knocked this one out pretty quickly…and that makes my head dance with ideas about fully-printable, crowd-sourced engine upgrades. Sure, we can reprogram ECUs, and there are even some intrepid souls out there converting their hybrids to plug-in…but this is really exciting stuff. Want to bore out your engine? Just print a new block and some new cylinders. Taller cruising gear? Print it out! I bet there’ll be parametric scripts to generate custom transmissions. The only question is…who will have them? Just your mechanic, or will your Tesla econobox come with the source code?
Ok, we can’t run gasoline through these ABS models (yet), but this is amazing work. Her’s a big tip of the cap to sirmakesalot and his inspiring work.
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