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Printing a Car

Posted April 08, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Is it feasible to print a car? That's the question the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge recently took on. Using a 2 x 4 x 0.9 m printer capable of depositing 17 kg/hr, the winning entrant completed the 454 kg main body structure in 47 hours (watch). Composites World reports that an even bigger printer currently in development will do the same job in less than 24 hours and produce parts double the size of the current machine.


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04/08/2015 11:21 AM

That is pretty good. In a wreck? Print a new car - fender - bumper.

What about the airbag?

I'm not going to go on my "You printed the entire thing with a 3D printer rant".

I understand that certain parts are manufactured the conventional way and the "stuff" that can be printed is! They are then combined into an integral unit for the finished product.

I think I'm going to buy stock in a 3D printer manufacturer.

Anybody want to contribute to my stock purchase??? I'm a little light in the wallet! OK A LOT LIGHT!!!

Now that it's been built, can we CRASH test it please...... PLEASE!!! It looks a bit like a Disney TOONTOWN car?

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04/09/2015 12:44 AM

Sorry Macgyver, I can't spot you any cash but I like the way you think.

I've been watching 3D printing developments for some time now....getting interesting really quickly.

Entry level costs have dropped too.

A 3D printer is on my wish list.....I so want a plastic adjustable spanner.

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04/09/2015 9:39 AM

Agreed! It's on my Christmas wish list too!

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04/09/2015 6:14 PM

it's been done: ***

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04/10/2015 7:59 PM

The first application of 3D printing I saw as a huge step in product development, had to do with pump impellers, where prior to 3D, the prototype was developed from the raw metal casting then machined via 3 axis and tried. The impellers can now be printed in material hard enough for operation in translucent volutes for testing. I can only imagine what other products involved in fluid dynamics that require this type of development have and will benefit from 3D printing.

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04/10/2015 9:31 PM

I remember the first time I read an artist for regarding 3 D printing, I was completely astounded at how it was done. It was the process of the part being cured with either a UV lamp or a laser. The part was lowered into the vat of liquid polymer and cured one layer at a time. I was a mold maker at the time and thought that with that technology, I was out of a job soon. I was a bit premature in that assumption. It has revolutionized the prototyping process. I am still amazed at the progression of 3D printing. One thing that really pressed the adoption of the process is the newer materials and computing power.

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Great work.

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09/10/2016 2:22 AM

My friend also has one 3d printed car.

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