3D Printing: Miura headlight lens

Mr. Valentino Balboni's autograph and our 3D printed lens

This time, we had a great opportunity to meet the legendary test driver, Mr. Valentino Balboni, the father of Miura. How would the legendary meister evaluate our 3D printed Miura headlight lens?

Photo&Text:  Starcraft Kobe

We are operating 3D printers and scanners to recreate automobile parts. This method is especially suitable for the parts that are gone or not available today. Often, the quality of such parts in terms of not only physical properties but also emotional values are a subject of our concern.

This Miura headlight lens is a typical case. Unless someone who knows the original Miura lens of the time of its creation says “oh, this is a good lens”, we cannot say it.

This lens is a part of Miura. It must be consistent with other parts. To the engineer’s pride, we want to pursue the quality enough to receive compliments from enthusiastic Miura owners.

Fortunately, the owner of an original Miura headlight lens gave us opportunity to compare our lens with the original. We evaluated various properties such as the light streams coming through the lens have proper Miura quality. This process discovered a number of unknown facts and answered a lot of questions we had about Miura.

We created quite a few sample of lenses, reproducing the lens oppersity considering the time of its creation. At the same time, our lens must be revolutionary standing above the industry standards of today.

Under such circumstance, a great opportunity came to us, meeting with a Lamborghini’s legendary test driver, Mr. Valentino Balboni. 

It could have been inappropriate, but we asked him to see our lens as well as our knowledge and understandings about the Miura lens.

Mr. Balboni gently replied to us “it would be perfect if it had Carello logo on it” with an arch smile. He did give his autograph on the lens. He even kindly offered us having a photo session together.

It was a wonderful moment enough to make us believe in our work. No matter how old the car is, it is our responsibility to hand it down to the next generation in a solid shape. It may be needless to say every day, but should be fundamental to our daily work.

Mr. Balboni talking Miura in Japanese web magazine: