Jay Leno is no stranger to 3D printing. The former Tonight Show host is a massive car aficionado and has, through Big Dog Garage and Big Dog Productions, utilized AM to help restore and refurbish all manner of vintage and rare automobiles. From here on out, it seems the comedian will be turning to 3D printing more than ever, as Leno’s auto repair shop has signed a new partnership deal with 3D printing giant Stratasys.
As part of the collaboration, Stratasys will provide the Leno-owned car repair companies access to its 3D printers for the production of custom parts. The agreement between the two parties is part of Stratasys’ Performance Partner Program, which was launched last month in an effort to promote the adoption of AM across competitive auto racing, classic vehicles, next-gen aviation and other extreme industries.
Jay Leno’s vehicle collection is something to be marvelled at. Comprising of 169 cars and 117 motorcycles, including a 1906 Stanley Steamer Vanderbilt Cup Racer and a tank car, the comedian-cum-car lover’s collection has thankfully not been hidden behind closed doors, as Leno has hosted shows like Jay Leno’s Garage.
His company, Big Dog Productions, has long been interested in 3D printing for a range of applications, including refurbishing and retrofitting vintage vehicles or super cars. In fact, Big Dog has worked with Stratasys through its Direct Manufacturing service for nearly 10 years. Now, Leno and the Big Dog Garage will have even more access to Stratasys’ 3D printing.
“As a lover of classic cars, I’m always looking to push the boundaries of what’s possible in creation and re-creation of these vehicles—and 3D printing is integral to this process,” said Jay Leno. “After working with Stratasys and Stratasys Direct for years to drive the ultimate in 3D printing innovation, I’m really excited about this new Fortus machine and where it takes us next.”
Among one of Stratasys’ more popular 3D printer models for the automotive industry is the Fortus 450mc, which is compatible with FDM Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber filament. The combination of material and printer enable automotive restorers and producers to print complex prototypes or end-use parts, including replacement parts that have become obsolete.
“Jay has long been one of the pioneers and adopters of 3D printing. He realized the technology’s potential for on-demand, custom parts early on—claiming it as a critical component to fueling a passion for classic vehicles,” added Pat Carey, Senior Vice President of Strategic Growth Americas at Stratasys. “We cannot wait to see what uses of 3D printing they come up with next, because if they can dream it, we can 3D print it.”
Stratasys’ Performance Partner Program also includes Team Penske, American Magic, Boom Supersonic and Joe Gibbs Racing.