3D printing has come a long way since it was big news when a single printed part was certified for use in an aircraft … but there’s much more to come.
Where 3D printing vehicles is concerned, Local Motors takes much of the headline chatter, but that’s not to say others aren’t dabbling with the technology. Last week, Honda and Kabuku unveiled a custom-designed electric vehicle for making deliveries, the body panels of which have been 3D-printed.
Belgium is like many other parts of the world, in that it’s full of companies and institutions that utilize 3D printing tech on a regular basis. Recently a consortium of these groups got together to demonstrate just what can be accomplished using the technology. The result is a 3D-printed bike.
Nissan has created what it claims to be the world’s biggest 3D-printing pen sculpture. The Qashqai Black Edition model was created to celebrate the car’s launch and contains 13.8 km (8.6 mi) of plastic strands.
While companies like Local Motors are dabbling with the idea of a fully 3D-printed car, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is harnessing the on-demand benefits of producing spare parts in this way, using an environmentally friendly 3D printing process.
The Shell Eco-marathon challenges students to design, fabricate and then drive the most energy-efficient car they can create. The three annual events – Asia, Americas and Europe – are all about seeing how far student teams can go on the least amount of fuel.
A 3D-printed aircraft is launched from a Royal Navy ship and landed safely on a Dorset beach.
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Ford uses 3D printed parts on prototype vehicles built for durability testing, and also on the Ford race car that won the 53rd 24 Hours of Daytona in January.
A newly-launched 3D printer manufacturer 3D Printers SP. z o. o. has created one of the most iconic cars of all time – a Bugatti Veyron – in a multiple-part assembly using parts that were printed using their new Hbot 3D Printer.