Anyone for a 3D-printed car?
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- By any chance had anyone played the Sims free play? I've seen that car in the game.Feb 28, 2013
- I doubt jobs would be in any jeopardy -- not if it takes over 3 months to print one car.Feb 28, 2013
- there are 3d printing techniques that can do metalsFeb 28, 2013
- Yes there are, but my understanding is that they produce something akin to powdered metal for creating prototypes. No way that they can print something as complex as a car engine. Not yet at least.
According to the original article from Wired.com, they give two examples of advantages:
1) The bumper: "it affords the precise control that would be impossible with sheet metal...the printer can add thickness and rigidity to specific sections. When applied to the right spots, this makes for a fender that’s as resilient as the one on your Prius, but much lighter."
2) The dashboard: "when he prints the car’s dashboard, he’ll make it with the ducts already attached without the need for joints and connecting parts. What would be dozens of pieces of plastic and metal end up being one piece of 3-D printed plastic."Feb 28, 2013
- Not everything is sintered, there multiple techniques. Different parts would probably have different requirements. The engine block itself could probably be sintered, but the cylinder liners, pistons and rods would require a different technique.
Many Aerospace manufacturers are looking at additive manufacturing for their systems, where casting is not possible, due to regulation.
For automotive, it's less interesting as the volumes are much higher and the print speed tends to be quite low atm.Mar 1, 2013
- Where can I buy this 3D printer?Mar 3, 2013