3D printed car automotive 3D printing
Just like 3d printing creations in Aerospace, Medical and Health industries amaze the world, 3d Printed Cars and Additive manufacturing in automotive industry will change the way we think and look about 3d printing manufacturing. Automotive additive manufacturing is a rapidly growing niche; it is one of the most fascinating 3d printing 2014 trends. The constant growth of 3D printing means that not only cars parts can be now printed, but a real size & accessorized 3d printed cars are being created in an incredible pace and cost.
Few years ago using 3d design model in order to 3D Print a new car or any automotive part could have sound like a science fiction scenario, but this is far from being imaginary story – the Local Motors “Strati” 3D car was printed recently by Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors, and his staff. “Strati” which is the Italian word for Layers, the first automotive 3d printed car is made from a mix of Carbon and Plastic was created in two days, can reach speed of 65 Kilometers per hour and will cost end customers about $20,000.
3d printed car parts market is also blooming, Stratasys FDM Technology (Fused Deposition Modeling), is used for 3D prototyping with 3D Printers, production systems, and is perfect for end use parts. FDM is flexible and durable enough for manufacturing 3D printed complex car parts. Stratasys recently presented full size functional 3d printed car dashboard made of ABS.
Rapid prototyping and 3d printing use has become a standard practice in product development in several leading automotive empires: At the BMW car plant in Regensburg, Germany The freedom of 3d design allows BMW car engineers to create configurations that improve handling, reduce weight, and improve balance by bringing FDM in-house.
Another giant automotive company Ducati managed to cut 20 months from the development process of the engine designed for its Desmosedici race bike, the Desmosedici engine was 3d designed and assembled in only 8 months. The company’s previous engine had taken 28 months to design and build. The future of automotive 3d printing and the fact that 3d printed cars are already part of company’s production line is just another incentive for all of us to continue and follow this amazing technology.