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Old 05-07-2017, 10:08 PM   #1
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3d printed cars?

Not sure if this was a publicity stunt but if it's true, I'm definitely looking forward to learn more about it.

Audi made a fully working car using something called '3d printing'. They way it works is you upload a design in these printing machines and out pops a fully working car.

Audi's 3d Printed Car

My assumption is these things are probably made in parts?

Still quite impressive. It also seems like they have these files all over the place like for this Audi Lamp holder.

https://pinshape.com/items/32751-3d-...der-audi100-44

I probably won't be able to make a full on car anytime soon but man I would love to print out my own custom parts. Has anyone tried or heard about this?
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Old 05-08-2017, 11:20 AM   #2
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Printed cars have many benefits, they are very environmentally friendly, even with a ICE fitted, their lifetime emissions are much lower than electric cars for example, when you take mining the raw earth materials, transportation etc. I'd like to see more printed with recycled plastic. This company below just signed a deal with Peugeot, looking forward to seeing the future of the printed car.

https://www.psfk.com/2017/01/fully-3...facturing.html
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@Draigflag - 100% agree. I would take it another step further. If we can replace plastic, that would be just great.
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When it comes to cars made in the tens of thousands each year, traditional manufacturing is more cost effect, even when switching to a new material like plastic. The advantage is in prototyping for the big car companies.

Got to be careful when it comes to recycling plastic into critical things like load bearing car parts and food containers. It does not stand up to repeated melting and casting like metals do. Long term, it might work out to be better to convert plastic back into a syn-crude.
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Old 06-01-2017, 12:54 AM   #5
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3d printed cars are Environmentally friendly cars with lighter weight and have many benefits like no moving parts can go wrong, little or no numb bodywork any more, easy to customize and affordable cars around ($17,000-$35,000).
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