3-D printers already took a wide range of industries in the world. You can print anything you want starting from small simple toys, instruments, and tools and finish with 3D printed cars, houses or even body parts.
Father of 3D printing
The first 3D printer was made more than 30 years ago in 1987. 74 years old engineer, inventor, innovator, and icon – Chuck Hull changed the whole industry.
What is 3D printing?
Everyone knows the meaning of the word “printing”. You print your documents by transferring the digital file into the real touchable flat product, this process can be called – 2D printing.
3D printing is when the digital file is transferred into real touchable solid shape.
3D printing in the automotive industry
Could you imagine, that cars will be printed? And now… How good is that?! Industrial printers changed the world and 3d printed cars are a future, thanks to inventor Chuck Hull for making unreal become reality.
Also, 3D printing is cheaper and faster and it helps to save the environment from pollution, fewer factories – cleaner air.
How cars are printed? Simple as that: designers design, a huge industrial printer starts printing parts and in the end, people manually put things together.
3D PRINTED CARS
First 3D printed car in the world – Strati
Back in 2014 Local Motors Company launched the world’s first 3-D printed electric car, the STRATI. Around 85% of the car is 3D printed. As you know, 3D printing is a fast way to build a car and you know what? Strati was printed in 44 hours. I think it is unbelievable!
Dimensions: Weight: 800kg
Specifications: Top speed: 40mph or 64 km/h Range: 120 miles or 193 km
3D Printed Supercar – BLADE
It is the world’s first 3-D printed Hypercar prototype manufactured by Divergent Technologies and designed by Kevin Czinger. This model is 35% 3D printed.
Dimensions: Curb weight 630 kg
Specifications: Engine: 2.4 L 4B11T turbocharged I4 (Evo-derived, AMS-modified) Power output: 720 hp (537 kW; 730 PS) Transmission 7-speed Hewland sequential
EDAG LIGHT COCOON
Using a 3D printer German engineering EDAG managed to achieve a magical result with an incredible design inspired by nature. The skeleton resembles a spider’s web and the whole car is covered with specially developed weather-resistant fabric which weighs as little as 19 grams per square meter. In my opinion, weight is a crucial thing to decrease fuel consumption, so a fabric cover was a great idea. Led lights makes the skeleton visible and it makes it possible to personalise the outer skin of the vehicle. This concept model firstly was introduced at Geneva Motor Show back in 2015. This car is 60% 3D printed.
Specifications: Top Speed: 155mph or 149km/h (ESTIMATED) 0-60 time: 7seconds (ESTIMATED)
XEV YOYO – Born for change
This fully 3-D printed electric car is a potential competitor to all urban mini-city cars. It is an exceptional model which you can personalise to suit your needs. I love personalised items, what about you?
This amazing project began its journey back in 2016 March. Approximately after a year prototype number 1 was completed and in 2018 March it was exhibited in the Shanghai 3D Printing museum. Prototype 2 was completed in 2018 September and it was presented at the Turin Motor show, Italy in June 2019. The team is constantly improving this model and the planned start of production should be in the middle of 2020.
XEV YOYO is a low-speed, but high-technology electric car. High-quality Lithium batteries guarantee reliable and long-lasting performance and also keep weight to a minimum.