3D printing company Stratasys announced Tuesday that it has landed a partnership with TV personality Jay Leno and his Los Angeles-based production company Big Dog Productions. Under the agreement, Israel- and Eden Prairie-based Stratasys will provide Leno with access to its fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D Printers to manufacture vehicle parts for restoration work.
The former host of the Tonight Show, Leno now dedicates his time to building a collection of more than 200 rare and vintage cars and motorcycles. (He calls the collection the Big Dog Garage). As part of his CNBC car show Jay Leno’s Garage, Leno frequently uses 3D printing to produce parts to refurbish, retrofit, and road test his latest finds.
He’s already been using Stratasys equipment to restore cars for nearly 10 years. Traditional manufacturers no longer make parts for many of the vehicles he works with, so 3D printing is essential, according to the company.
The Fortus, Stratasys’ newest printer, uses high-performance carbon fiber material to produce complex manufacturing prototypes, according to a company press release.
“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,” Leno said in the release. “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.”
The latest arrangement also builds on the Stratasys Performance Partner Program, which launched in late September. The program brings together folks interested in competitive auto racing, classic vehicles, and next-generation aviation to explore additive manufacturing technologies.
Leno will join players like Joe Gibbs Racing and Boom Supersonic in the program.
“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,” said Pat Carey, senior VP of strategic growth Americas at Stratasys.