Printing the Car of the Future
Three dimensional additive printing has come a long way since the days of Jurassic Park when a 3D plastic model of the extinct Velociraptor nasal cavity, extruded on an early desk top printer, becomes a key plot device that later saves the lives of the movie's main protagonists. Now engineers can fabricate full-scale prototypes from the turboprop model above to the newly unveiled Urbee plug-in hybrid concept car, appearing this week at the SEMA exhibition in Las Vegas.
If you can create an entire automobile straight from a computer CAD/CAM file, what is the likelihood that we may someday see other motor vehicles fabricated exactly the same way, eliminating many of the costly, time consuming intermediate steps need to build automobiles today? That's what EV World wanted to find out. So, we got the Joe Hiemenz, the president of Stratsys, one of the 3D printing industry leaders, and Joe Hanson on the line to talk about where the industry is at and what the introduction of the Urbee means to the future of automotive manufacturing. Will we someday be able to create custom electric vehicles "on demand'?
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