Prototype Car Produced with a 3D Printer

According to Slashdot, the car in question is a prototype for a new electric vehicle. Somehow the use of bleeding edge technology for prototyping suits an equally forward looking design.

All exterior components — including the glass panel prototypes — were created using Dimension 3D Printers and Fortus 3D Production Systems at Stratasys’ digital manufacturing service — RedEye on Demand.

There isn’t very much more information than that. It is impressive that there are printers that can work at this scale and produce materials rugged enough to withstand the stress placed on a car, even if it is only a proof of concept. The reasoning for printing the parts was speed and lower cost for iterating on designs. This has me thinking that as consumer and hobby printer continue to scale, maybe we’ll see a re-vamped open source car where the manufacturing issues are partly addressed by 3D printing.

Also how cool would it be if some variation of 3D printing is not only used for a vehicle like this but also enables making the whole car’s environmental footprint as minimal as its power plant? Organic 3D printing does exist in some form although the only printer of which I am aware that fits the bill, CandyFab, is a toy. Is anyone working on biodegrable or recyclable feedstocks for industrial scale 3D printing?

Car Produced With a 3D Printer, Slashdot

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