Acclaimed car manufacturer Audi just unveiled a 1:2 scale version of the classic Auto Union Type C, the early sports car that beat the Mercedes Benz vehicles in the Grand Prix racing competitions back in the 1930’s. Even more impressive, this replica is fully working and printed directly in metal.



Produced with Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) Audi’s team recreated the vehicle part for part in 3D printed Aluminum and Steel. Check out the video below for more on the process.


What’s even cooler about this project is that everything used to create these replicas is available for Shapeways users as well! Our platform provides all of our community access to this technology. Any maker can print in our DMLS aluminum and anyone can buy or sell in our steel. Given all the resources, we all could be printing historic parts like these.

Even if you don’t need to 3D print the whole car, Shapeways gives access to a whole marketplace of scale vehicles for your gearhead’s delight.  From Grand Prix racetracks to other 1:120 scale german cars, 3D printing is enabling everyone to get the custom scale vehicles of their dreams.