What car manufacturers have been able to do on the format of four wheels is remarkably impressive. Even though people often take for granted that motorised vehicles were once merely a thing of dreams, it still boggles the mind that each year the industry manages to outmatch what was accomplished the year before. Today’s vehicles are industrial marvels capable of linking to our phones and calling for help should an accident occur. It is inspiring to say the least, and the industry is becoming even more innovative with the use of 3D Printing. Here are just a few of the ways 3D Printers are making waves in the auto industry.

Revolutionary Design Techniques

The first entity in the process of producing a new vehicle or a vehicle part is design. Designers within the vehicle industry have traditionally made models of clay or 3D model drawings on paper to show designs to board members for approval. The problem is that clay can take a lot of man hours to get perfect and 3D imaging offers merely a picture of what is to be. Car manufacturers, such as GM and Ford, have begun to implement 3D Printers into their design departments as a 3D Printed image is easier and far more inexpensive than traditional prototyping. 3D Printing also allows for board members to hold an image in their hands with movable parts for a better feel for what the designer is trying to do.

3D Printed Engine Part Prototypes from Ford Motor Company

Aston Martin 3D Printed Interiors

Even high end auto manufacturers such as Aston Martin are discovering what 3D Printing can do for their designs. Standard interiors, with a few options, are generally what is offered for any new car purchase, but Aston Martin is taking things to the ultimate level with 3D Printed interiors. Aston Martin claims that the process of 3D Printed interiors offers more of a custom feel to the vehicle. The Hypercar is set to go into production in 2021 and owners will have the ability to have the interior built around them.

This will be a huge plus for those that are too tall or perhaps, too wide for standard sports cars. It also opens the doors for truly custom orders in which the interior can be modeled for those with disabilities or car enthusiasts of extreme short stature. The options are endless for 3D Printed interiors for Aston Martin’s Hypercar. We will soon see this level of ultimate customisation in virtually all vehicle brands.

Aston Martin’s Hypercar with 3D Printed Interiors set to Release for Production in 2021.

3D Print a Whole Car

The manufacturing process takes a lot of time and raw materials to produce just one vehicle. Where the use of assembly lines has made the process much faster than simply manufacturing one vehicle at a time, materials for that vehicle must be stored in the facility for workers to have access to. That notion may eventually come to an end with the introduction of the 3D Printed car. It is called the Urbee 2 and unlike the original Urbee, the entire car is completely 3D Printed.

The theory of a completely 3D Printed vehicle can seem foreign to people who still view 3D Printing as merely using plastic based materials. However, new more durable materials implemented into the 3D Printing industry has made it possible to manufacture a complete car that meets strict safety regulations. Currently, the Urbee 2 is being tested in the U.S. by being driven from coast to coast in hopes that the vehicle’s innovative furl economy will allow the team to use merely 10 gallons of gas. With the hopeful success of the Urbee 2, we may see an influx of 3D Printed cars of all styles in the future.

Urbee 2 During Production

Urbee 2 Finished and Ready for the Road. Looks strangely familiar to Batteries Not Included

3D Printers are becoming more advanced with each passing year and artists are using this medium for far more than just their artistic models. 3D Printing has the potential to improve the way we drive, and safety features awarded to vehicles without adding weight to the final production. Lighter, more efficient vehicles are always in demand. 3D Printers open a wealth of possibilities to the auto industry with an endless amount of options.

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