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Rolling off the 3D printing press… the world’s first ‘printed’ car - and it actually works
The world’s first ‘printed’ car has finally rolled off the printing press.
The ‘Urbee’ was made using a special printer which built up layer upon layer of bodywork - almost as if the car was ‘painted’ into existence, except using layers of ultra-thin composite that are slowly ‘fused’ into a solid.
But unlike most ‘innovations’ in cars, this one won’t break down after 5 years - Urbee is built to last 30. Project leader Jim Kor, told MailOnline today: ‘For us, this unveiling was quite a milestone.
The ‘printing’ process, however, it what has attracted so much attention: it was completely different to the normal way car manufacturers build a car, which is to bolt chunks of bodywork on where they need to go.
Engineers on the Urbee instead put layers of ultra thin composite material on top of each other so they become fused together to make it 3D in a process called ‘additive layer manufacturing’.…
Even driving around the city it can do 100mpg and Canadian firm Kor EcoLogic, which designed it, insists that it could become a viable runaround for normal people.
Project leader Jim Kor told the TEDxWinnipeg conference that the vehicle was amongst the greenest ever made.
He said the way it was printed ‘only puts material where one needs it’.
‘It is an additive process, building the part essentially one ‘molecule’ of material at a time, ultimately with no waste,’ he added.