The Truth About Cars » 3D printed car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:05:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » 3D printed car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The 3D Printed Car Is Upon Us http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/the-3d-printed-car-is-upon-us/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/the-3d-printed-car-is-upon-us/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:46:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479439 3D printing is all the rage, and it caused a huge uproar when people started making guns with 3D printers. It was just a matter of time for really lethal stuff to be 3D-printed in your nerd-neighbor’s basement: A car. Wired has the story of Jim Korr and his Urbee, a car (well, a three-wheeler) […]

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3D printing is all the rage, and it caused a huge uproar when people started making guns with 3D printers. It was just a matter of time for really lethal stuff to be 3D-printed in your nerd-neighbor’s basement: A car.

Wired has the story of Jim Korr and his Urbee, a car (well, a three-wheeler) that is made while a “printer sprays molten polymer to build the chassis layer by microscopic layer until it arrives at the complete object.”

That process takes, oh, about 2,500 hours. That’s close to a year  in man days, not a good cycle-time by automotive standards. In case you worry about the rigidity of printed ABS plastic: The engine and base chassis will be metal. The engine will have 10 bhp. Cost: Estimated at $50,000, could be more.

Call me when it’s ready. In the meantime, I will research the possibility of life-sized 3D printed girlfriends..

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