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Old November 16, 2012, 02:58 PM   #4
alex0535
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It really depends on the equipment you have available. With the best tools and such replicating a part is very easy. Doing it by hand the old fashion way can be much more complicated.

Here is Jay Leno talking about the replication of old car parts using a 3D laser scanner and a 3D printer. Printing parts in plastic after taking a scan of a part.

The image they make can be easily put into a CNC mill and milled out of a block of metal.

Its pretty cool technology. The laser scanner will become standard equipment for CNC machinist in this decade.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZrJsrTT4EA

Laser scanner + CNC = replicate just about any metal part.
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