Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printed Cars

2019-07-12

Tessa Blokland  

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Since our last post on the exterior of 3D printed cars, as you can see here, there have been some new developments. Here are a few that caught my attention, each one has something special in shape, manufacturing method and vision. Let me know what you think and do not hesitate to send us your ideas.

The first 3D printed deep purple colored hypercar, futuristically called Blade, is hard to ignore. Not only for its bright color, but also for the technology used, such as 3D printing, used to produce some of the elements. One of those elements is the 3D printed chassis that weighs only 46kg. There is a very nice film where you can see and listen to Kevin Czinger, founder and CEO of Divergent 3D, talking to Jay Leno about the Blade.

The second car is a dream for every kid on the block – 3D printing your own Lamborghini Aventador. I know my boys overstretch their necks with every “super-cool-and-fast” car they see on the road. Can you imagine how cool it would be to 3D print your own “super-cool-and-fast” car? That is exactly what Sterling Backus wanted to show his son (and probably neighborhood friends). According to the website Backus ‘used 3D models of the car already available online and worked them to get them ready for the printer.’ It is a great project done by an individual so obviously the end result is very different from the real car, but still, it would be wise if the Italian manufacturer will take some action in protecting the digital models in the future.

The next car is also a one-off concept car (top image) and is the brainchild of Japanese car designer Takumi Yamamoto paying tribute to David Bowie, hence the name DB Project car. Yamamoto teamed up with French studio Marie 3D, who specializes in large format 3D printing.

The last car looks not that fast but equally interesting since the goal of the car is creating a proof-of-concept model for a producible 3D printed electric car, the LSEV. According to the website, the car only features a total of 57 plastic components (instead of approximately 2,000 SKUs found in a traditionally manufactured similar sized vehicle) which can be produced in 3 days. This also means that the costs of the supply chain, tooling, and manufacturing processes can be reduced.

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Each of Tessa’s designer pick is a curated group of 3D printed designs or projects from one designer or design studio. If you would like to offer a designer or design studio for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed designs or projects you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest picks every week in your mailbox.

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