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A quick look at a 3D printed car.


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


Picture an assembly line not that isn’t made up of robotic arms spewing sparks to weld heavy steel, but a warehouse of plastic-spraying printers producing light, cheap and highly efficient automobiles.

If Jim Kor’s dream is realized, that’s exactly how the next generation of urban runabouts will be produced. His creation is called the Urbee 2 and it could revolutionize parts manufacturing while creating a cottage industry of small-batch automakers intent on challenging the status quo.

Urbee’s approach to maximum miles per gallon starts with lightweight construction – something that 3-D printing is particularly well suited for. The designers were able to focus more on the optimal automobile physics, rather than working to install a hyper efficient motor in a heavy steel-body automobile. As the Urbee shows, making a car with this technology has a slew of beneficial side effects.

Jim Kor is the engineering brains behind the Urbee. He’s designed tractors, buses, even commercial swimming pools. Between teaching classes, he heads Kor Ecologic, the firm responsible for the 3-D printed creation.

“We thought long and hard about doing a second one,” he says of the Urbee. “It’s been the right move.”

Kor and his team built the three-wheel, two-passenger vehicle at RedEye, an on-demand 3-D printing facility. The printers he uses create ABS plastic via Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). The printer sprays molten polymer to build the chassis layer by microscopic layer until it arrives at the complete object. The machines are so automated that the building process they perform is known as “lights out” construction, meaning Kor uploads the design for a bumper, walk away, shut off the lights and leaves. A few hundred hours later, he’s got a bumper. The whole car – which is about 10 feet long – takes about 2,500 hours. (via 3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production | Autopia |

An interesting car design, though more like a transportation pod.


A Two-Wheeled Electric Vehicle To Zip Through City Streets | Co.Exist 

The Citi.Transmitter is an adorable single seat modular transportation device, designed to solve our urban traffic problems.

(via emergentfutures)

What do you think the car of the future will look like? Autonomous? Semi-autonomous? Still holding out for a flying-car?


What Does the Car of the Future Look Like?

Autonomous Vehicles: It’s not just about safety, but about the efficiency benefits as well.


How efficient could autonomous cars be?

Devin Coldewey, Robot cars could increase highway efficiency 273 percent: Study

The paper is being presented this week at an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) conference on vehicular technology. Its author, Columbia University’s…

Autonomous vehicle: A superb achievement for Thrun and the team at Google.


Google self-driving cars pass 300,000 mile mark

via dvice:

Google’s self-driving cars are on the up and up. Google revealed today that its dozen of self-driving cars have collectively driven over 300,000 miles without any accidents, paving the way the towards a safer future on the road.

Posted on Google’s Official Blog:

They’ve covered a wide range of traffic conditions, and there hasn’t been a single accident under computer control.

We’re encouraged by this progress, but there’s still a long road ahead. To provide the best experience we can, we’ll need to master snow-covered roadways, interpret temporary construction signals and handle other tricky situations that many drivers encounter.

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(via futurescope)