Comedian and former ‘Tonight Show’ host Jay Leno leads Big Dog Productions with more than two decades of production experience – including the highly rated show, ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ on CNBC. Jay Leno’s Garage and Big Dog Productions tap into the power of 3D printing to provide digital inventory that helps road test, refurbish, or retrofit everything from classic vehicles to super cars.
Among his collection are 169 cars and 117 motorcycles, including a 1966 Oldsmobile Tornado, 1906 Stanley Steamer Vanderbilt Cup Racer, and a several-thousand-pound tank car powered by a tank engine.
Stratasys has announced it is collaborating with Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage and Big Dog Productions to provide access to Stratasys FDM 3D printers that keep the host’s unique collection of extreme and classic vehicles in top running condition with custom parts. This collaboration builds on Stratasys’ Performance Partner Programme, launched last month, to empower those operating in the extreme worlds of competitive auto racing, classic vehicles and next-generation aviation with the latest additive manufacturing technologies.
Jay Leno and Big Dog Garage now have access to core Stratasys additive manufacturing solutions – including the Fortus 450mc 3D Printer with FDM Nylon 12 Carbon Fibre. The machine makes it simple to produce complex manufacturing prototypes and finished parts efficiently and effectively using high-performance carbon fibre material. Big Dog has already been collaborating with Stratasys Direct Manufacturing for 3D printed parts-on-demand for nearly 10 years.
‘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 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.’
In conjunction with the extended Stratasys team, Leno has created some of the most cutting-edge 3D printed prototypes and custom parts for the automotive collection. This includes re-creating parts that simply no longer exist or would be far too time-consuming and expensive to create using traditional processes.
‘Leno has long been one of the pioneers and adopters of 3D printing. He realised the technology’s potential for on-demand, custom parts early on – claiming it as a critical component to fuelling a passion for classic vehicles,’ said 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.’
Jay Leno’s Garage/Big Dog Productions is an extension of Stratasys’ Performance Partner Programme, bringing together leaders in auto racing, competitive sailing and next-generation supersonic travel to push the limits of additive manufacturing in these extreme environments. The collaborative group includes such leaders as Team Penske, Joe Gibbs Racing, American Magic and Boom Supersonic.