Print My Ride: 3D Printed 1971 Gran Torino Won't Amuse Clint Eastwood

Romanian-born artist Ioan Florea took a 3D printer and pimped Clint Eastwood's ride. The result – a 1971 Ford Gran Torino from the fourth dimension – can be described as being good, bad and ugly.

Florea has been showcasing his Torino From Hell (sorry, Richard Lewis) since October of 2013 when he presented it at the Tactile Histories installation at Surplus Gallery at the Glove Factory in downtown Carbondale, IL. Florea, who now makes his home in nearby Lake Shelbyville, states the bizarre automotive artwork represents the essence of the American dream... or nightmare, if you're Henry Ford or Walt Kowalski.

The key to Florea's technique is a proprietary process that uses liquid nano-metal in its final stage. 3D printing technology is not able (at present) to form large objects from metal, so Florea must first 3D-print his chosen shapes from plastic.

The resulting shapes are then used to create resin molds into which the liquid nano-metal is poured. When the metal cools and solidifies, the shapes can be employed in any way the artist desires – in this case, adding a rich and intricate texture to the formerly smooth skin of a 1971 Ford Torino.

Surely Florea (above) doesn't expect his process will be used to build cars someday. He doesn't... and don't call him Shirley. Instead, the artist has a greater vision: “3D printing is truly the third industrial revolution,” he states. “The automotive industry is going to use it a lot. Really anything is possible.” (via Spiegel Online, images via Designboom)