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Submitted by mrtechnology 1003d ago | news

3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production

Wired: Kor and his team built the three-wheel, two-passenger vehicle at RedEye, an on-demand 3-D printing facility. The printers he uses create ABS plastic via Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). The printer sprays molten polymer to build the chassis layer by microscopic layer until it arrives at the complete object. The machines are so automated that the building process they perform is known as “lights out” construction, meaning Kor uploads the design for a bumper, walk away, shut off the lights and leaves. A few hundred hours later, he’s got a bumper. The whole car – which is about 10 feet long – takes about 2,500 hours. (Hi-tech)

mrtechnology  +   1004d ago
I'm gonna buy one the 1st day I can, look amazing!
Crazyglues  +   1003d ago
Wow I'm still pretty shocked that this is even possible..
Speed-Racer  +   1003d ago
I'm pretty sure even if it became a thing, the government would find a way to impede its progress to support the oil industry.
Liquid_Ocelot  +   1003d ago

Exactly, as usual and as they have done with pretty much everything. :/

dcbronco  +   1003d ago
Actually the government is the main one pushing this technology. They could have been the first actually. Wanna guess why? As usual for war.

If you could print the parts you need onsite for your war you would save tons of money and could then start even more wars. Their plan was to be able to print parts or even whole tanks where they needed to be so they would only have to send the personnel to use them.
Speed-Racer  +   1002d ago
They're pushing it for their military, not consumers like us. Military tech does find its way to the consumer market, but only many years after. Why not skip that step and introduce it to us first?
vulcanproject  +   1002d ago
Yes you can print a bunch of army hardware but you can't print a bunch more right wing conservative loyalists and willing war participants....
dcbronco  +   1001d ago

Actually I've met a local group of engineers and computer people that made their own. This will be coming to everyone for everything. It's just as good at making parts for a pre-fab dresser as it is at tank parts. And much cheaper doing it. You also have to think replacement parts on demand.


Why print more right wingers. Left wingers will never stand up to the few making war now. Obama has been every bit as bad as Bush. With Democrats like these who needs Republicans.
ArmrdChaos  +   1003d ago
For prototyping this might work...mass production...not even close.
kingmushroom  +   1003d ago
finally ! i can print out a life size Gundam Wing
level 360  +   1003d ago
Very impressed with the tech but not really the vehicle outcome.
frjoethesecond  +   1003d ago
I'm gonna print a 911 Turbo with this. In my dreams most likely.
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Sucitta  +   1003d ago
I still don't get this print guns, print buildings, print cars concept.. someone pm me with all the deets please.
dcbronco  +   1003d ago
It will eventually print anything. Homes cars. Whatever. Thing about all of the waste material left over from building a house. Pieces of glass when it was fit to a space. Carpet. Wood. Printing eliminates all of that because the part is printed to specification.
jimmyofages  +   1002d ago
haha, I have tried searching for this too, it kind of makes sense but is kind of baffling too.
SJIND  +   1002d ago
One day the buyers should be able to control how their cars look like & perform. Simply select designs of various parts on internet, select paint job & print job designs on exterior , pay through credit card and press the button to buy & the 3D printers would print & paint the cars .
I Can Download a Car!!!!
LOOK_AT_THIS_I  +   1002d ago
Until verizon throttles your bandwidth for excessive
evil_element  +   1002d ago
ABS plastic is not steel. All very well saying 'Strong as Steel' but strength of steel is only one aspect of the metal. Plastic does not have the same kilonewtons specifications (force, impact and flexibility) of metal as well as durability, friction, weight or destruction.

All metal vary in the specs, hence aeroplanes are made of aluminum (lunium) and not steel.

3D printing sounds amazing but its very limited to what it can create. Its more practical for product designers and less for mass production.
GodsHand  +   1002d ago
Going to print me a money press, then with that print money. XD
kingPoS  +   1002d ago
Hopefully this will be able to slip past some our inbred commerce laws.

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