Watch Wacky 3D Printed Car Crashes at IDSA Competition

What do you get when you mix classic pine wood derby-style cars and 3D printing?
“Launch Day” – sponsored by IDSA (Industrial Design Society of America) and Inventables!

"Liquid" produced on an Objet500 Connex multi-material 3D Printer

“Liquid” produced on an Objet500 Connex multi-material 3D Printer

Teams from different engineering and design firms from all over the world submitted imaginative 3D printed car designs. From a hundred submissions, the top 10 were produced on Stratasys FDM and PolyJet-based 3D Printers. The winning entries sported such whimsical names as Balloona, Donky Kong and RocketMan!

Each was launched from a 3D printed six-foot high “ski jump.” Judged on distance, beauty and “most spectacular crash,” the winning teams walked away with 3D printers, sponsored by Inventables.

A few lucky members of the Stratasys team in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, were tapped to help bring some of the car designs to life using ABS plastic. Stratasys Senior Application Engineer Adam Stegeman shared some insight into the production process:

“We had one week before the race.  A few individuals in the office pitched in to help turn and ship a total of seven cars to be delivered in time for the race day. Each of the cars Stratasys 3D printed was made of ABS plastic. Other organizations helped out to 3D print the track and other cars, all using Stratasys FDM and PolyJet 3D Printers. The designs varied in creativity and level of complexity, but nearly all exhibited crash-themed features.  One of the designs was so fragile we questioned the design, [but we] were told they wanted the car to explode on impact … in the end [it] seemed to work as designed.”

Get a peek at the cars before and after their launch and learn more about how they were designed and produced in this video from Inventables:

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