Are you driving a 3D printed car? Two years from now, your answer might be yes.
Articles about 3D printing have long talked about printing cars – except they were small, scale model cars. Now, KOR EcoLogic has announced a plan to produce Urbee 2, the first road-ready, fuel-efficient car built using 3D printing.
The project is in collaboration with RedEye On Demand, a rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing service, whose parent company is Stratasys. Once the KOR EcoLogic team completes the vehicle’s design using CAD software, a Stratasys 3D Printer will build the car using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology.
The Urbee 2 project builds upon its conceptual predecessor, Urbee, and is scheduled to be on the road in two years. The car will hold two passengers and will be made of 40 large 3D printed parts, in comparison with the hundreds of parts that compose the average car.
The first road trip is scheduled from San Francisco to New York City, with the goal of only using 10 gallons of a biofuel, such as 100 percent ethanol. Besides being an amazing way to travel across the country, this will set a new world record.
(Photo: KOR EcoLogic)