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.

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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.

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Via Fast Company