Every "clear" filament I've tried for 3D printing comes out not particularly clear - more translucent than anything else.You can upgrade to the clear ones, they are only $500. Maybe we should get someone with a 3D printer to make clear ones ?
I do worry a bit about major body parts like rear clamshells. I know it's just supposed to be a supplier changeover / the factory closing and opening, but if Lotus vaporizes tomorrow there's nothing to say those pieces will stay available. There aren't any good 1:1 aftermarket versions and at the rate these cars seem to get damaged, I doubt inventory would last long.There are a few random parts that are on backorder, but nothing where you'd be best to sell the car. If you're looking to keep the car for the next fifty years it makes sense to grab consumables or rare parts in case that you need them some day, but that would be true for a Corvette.
No. You're thinking way too long term. Yes, if you had to replace everything that will ever break at the same time then you'd be overwhelmed. But you won't. Over whatever amount of time you hope to own the car, you will almost always tackle one thing at a time and can get a custom piece if you need to. Look at all the freakin sponsors on this site, they will always back us up as long as they are in business. All the engine and drivetrain bits will NEVER run out. We are so lucky in that regard, just imagine if you got a car from a small brand with an in-house engine. THEN you would have cause to worry and keep the car garaged up.I am considering selling my 05 baby with 24K miles due to a shortage of replacement parts by Lotus.
Is this a valid concern?