3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production

3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production

I just came across this from a link on the Tesla website: looks like someone has applied 3D printing to making cars. I don't wish for Tesla to compromise or anything, but this could be something to keep in mind for future models, especially when radically lowering cost and increasing mileage becomes a priority.

3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production

TeslaRocks | 27 februari 2013

I mean I don't wish for Tesla to compromise ON QUALITY... sorry.

negarholger | 27 februari 2013

If I understood Elon correctly in his Oxford talk SpaceX is already using it.

Pungoteague_Dave | 28 februari 2013

Maybe for prototyping, but hard parts like bearings and suspension can't be made out of plastic. The 3d printing thing will be able to make design studies and toys, nothing with moving parts.

Brian H | 28 februari 2013

?? "Not all of the Urbee is printed plastic — the engine and base chassis will be metal, naturally. They’re still figuring out exactly who will make the hybrid engine, but the prototype will produce a maximum of 10 horsepower. Most of the driving – from zero to 40 mph – will be done by the 36-volt electric motor. When it gets up to highway speeds, the engine will tap the fuel tank to power a diesel engine."

So the moving parts themselves, if metal is needed, are inserted/enclosed in the frame or shell.

rbodman | 28 februari 2013

The article about the 3D printed 3 wheel car also said it too 1500 hours to print the car.

How would Tesla make 400 a week economically?

ghillair | 28 februari 2013

3D printers are last years technology. Try a 4D? printer.

olanmills | 28 februari 2013

I've seen so much cool crap in Wired over the past 15 years. Of course, I don't think I've ever actually seen any of that stuff in reality, ever.

I don't mean to crap on your link @TeslaRocks. It was very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Brian H | 28 februari 2013

"I planted a car in my backyard yesterday. It should be ready next week."

Tiebreaker | 1 maart 2013

Brian, is it a Cadillac by any chance?

TeslaRocks | 1 maart 2013

I guess peddling shocking science and tech news is an endless industry even though most of it is hyped and exaggerated because it appeals to the little voice in our heads who says "imagine all the possibilities! tomorrow could be great, even better than today!". Same feeling you might get from time to time when you walk in a hardware store. Many women probably get the same feeling when looking at new fashion, decorations, or even recipes. Don't mean to sound sexist or bring up that kind of topic, but it's just amazing how our hunter-gatherer minds work.

Brian H | 1 maart 2013

One young girl (4) in training ran out of conversation with gramma on the phone. Finally, she held up one foot to the phone and said, "Wanna talk to my new shoes?"

ian | 3 maart 2013

You mean how I feel when reading about graphene batteries here? ;-)