Say what? Yep, that’s right… part of the Urbee, a concept car, was printed using a 3D printer! The Urbee uses electric motors and is backed up by a small ethanol-powered engine, capable of 200 miles per gallon. According to project leader Jim Kor, “the use of ‘additive manufacturing’, where layers of material are built up, or ‘printed’ to form a solid object, contributed to the car’s green credentials.” There are plans for the car to go commercial in 2014. I blog about it today because it highlights the possibilities. Think about the implications! 3D printing has primarily been used for prototyping but recent advancements show that it can actually be a solution for creating usable physical objects. The process has the potential to revolutionize the ways things are made while re-defining the role of designer and maker. Very cool stuff! Read more about the Urbee here.
3D Printed Car