What would anyone want in a car as features? Autopilot feature, highest mileage, flying concept, amphibious concept, maybe more. But what about a car that is lightweight and 3D printed? Surely sounds exciting. You might not know, but there are few companies in the world which already manufacture 3D printed cars. They might be a functional or physical concept, but some are in testing phase while some are already being used. Find out 3D printed cars now!
Shelby Cobra 56
The Shelby Cobra 56 is one special custom car at Detroit International Auto Show, even visited by President Barack Obama. Built by the US Department of Energy Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, using Cincinnati Incorporated’s BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) Technology. This system is able to produce giant lightweight composite parts at the speed of thousand times faster than a normal 3D printer.
Having the history of 50 years, this iconic Shelby Cobra is built with modern technology, new engine, powerful battery, hybrid fueling system: electric charge with wireless charging systems. This car uses 75 percent of 3D printed cars with roughly 20 percent carbon fibre parts. The car is yet a functional concept, manufactured by Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
When you look for 3D printed car, you surely want to get it with a premium sporty finish. That’s where the Blade comes in. It is the first 3D printed supercar built with 3D printing technology using Selective Laser Melting System. Not all the parts, but this car’s nodes are made up of 3D printed composite parts covering 25 percent of the whole.
The Blade by Divergent3D has super technical specifications with the 500 HP engine and weighing 1500 pounds only. As most of the parts are made out of 3D printed composite parts and carbon fibre, the car tends to be lightweight. This car comes best in speed output as it can go 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds.
The car is still in a functional concept; the company has further enlightened the goal to build a 3D printed car 90 percent lighter than the Blade currently is.
Light Cocoon is yet another 3D printed supercar by German Engineering Design Studio: EDAG. This car was first unveiled at Geneva Motor Show with its compact, and dynamic sports design. Light Cocoon features weatherproof body and backlight technology.
The manufacturing company used Selective Laser Melting system for 60 percent 3D printed composite parts. Light Cocoon is now a physical concept which is being tested for real use.
If you think this car to be manufactured by supercar giant Lotus, then you are partially wrong. This 3D printed car is the recreation of original 340r with more than 41 3D printed composite parts. CIDEAS and its team used SLA, SLS and FDM technology to build such parts and designed this super 3D car.
This car is now a functional concept using more than 60 percent of 3D printed parts. The company also started building car’s spare parts for a further testing purpose.
Why just a functional or physical concepts when you have real working 3D car here. LM3D is the first 3D printed car released and tested. Designed by Local Motors, this car uses 75 percent of 3D printed composite parts.
As of now, this amazing 3D printed car is available only to beta testers and developers at the price point of $35000. The company claims to launch it officially in early 2017.
What more – 3D printed Bus?
Local Motors, the company to build the first 3D printed car for the testing purpose already tested 3D printed Bus too. Named as ‘Olli’, this electric autonomous 3D printed bus is already on the road with the capacity of 12 passengers.
Well not just 3D printed, but also this bus is smart. It utilises IBM cognitive learning platform, which is powerful enough to analyse all types of data. This bus understands what passenger is trying to say.
The company used Polyjet system to build almost 70 percent of 3D printed composite parts.