Scott Benjamin

High Speed Stuff Wrap-up: Ford's Model T and Making Your Own Car Parts

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I'm going to make this brief today. Right to the point -- I promise. So, without further fanfare, here's what Ben and I have been up to on our High Speed Stuff podcast over the past week...

On Tuesday, Ben and I (inspired by a short feature in a recent edition of Car and Driver) had a conversation about what it really takes to start (and drive) an antique Ford Model T. If you recall, it was about two months ago when I first posted a blog entry about this same topic. Well, a lot of time has since passed, but I still can't get over the deceptive appearance of the Model T. It looks so easy to operate, yet when you learn the details of what it really takes to start and drive a Ford Model T...well, I think Ben was shocked, too! Give this episode a few minutes of your time and I think you'll be surprised, as well.

Thursday we went considerably more high-tech. Ben and I investigated the idea that you might be able to make your own car parts. How? Well, rapid prototyping, of course. The process allows you to form parts right before your very own eyes out of ultra-violet sensitive resin, plastic, wood, paper or even metal. There's even a desktop version that allows you to make a 3-D print of whatever design you choose -- and it's (relatively) affordable, too! After you hear this episode of High Speed Stuff you're probably going to want to see these rapid prototyping machines in action, so here's an example.

Anyway, that's what's happening on the High Speed Stuff podcast this week. My advice: Go to iTunes and give it a listen -- as always, it's completely free. Just don't forget while you're there to take the opportunity to browse through some of our older episodes and give us a little feedback. You can also let us know what you think in the comment section below, or if you'd rather send us an e-mail, you can do that, too. Ben always reads the address at the end of each podcast.

Podcast-related stuff: How Ford Works 1908-1927 Ford Model T How Stereolithography (3-D Layering) Works HowStuffWorks Videos - "Rocketships: Rapid Prototyping" How Podcasting Works