If you thought that the Porsche hybrid was an incredible piece of automotive design, then you’ll be blown away by the Urbee. The entire body of this streamlined new gasoline/ethanol hybrid has been generated using 3-D printing technology. A collaborative design by Stratasys and Kor Ecologic, the Urbee is the first car ever to have its entire body printed using additive manufacturing processes.
The Urbee was designed for the 2010 X-Prize Competition — the eco-friendly vehicle able to get up to 200 mpg on the highway and 100 mpg in city conditions using either gasoline or ethanol. An undoubtedly innovative design with a keen futuristic aesthetic, the Urbee also signals what could be a shift towards more efficient and flexible automotive manufacturing.
“FDM lets us eliminate tooling, machining, and handwork, and it brings incredible efficiency when a design change is needed,” Jim Kor, president and chief technology officer at Kor Ecologic explains. “If you can get to a pilot run without any tooling, you have advantages.”
3-D printing technology has seen many advancements over the last few years. Once a costly process with questionable results, today it’s being widely used to build everything from blockbuster costumes, to buildings, to even body parts – it’s no surprise to see motor vehicles joining the list.
Via Fast Company