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3D Printing an EV

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by Electric700, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. Electric700

    Electric700 Member

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    I saw this and wondered if Tesla might be considering 3D printing for the Model S or future vehicles:

    Local Motors Plans To 3D Print A Car

    Tesla is at the forefront of innovation, so I wouldn't be surprised if they are looking at this as a production option.
     
  2. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    This is why it won't happen any time soon. Dedicated 'non-flexible' production systems are generally much faster, much more consistent, cheaper (at high production volume), and create higher quality parts, using less total material.

    3D printing is great for prototyping, small runs, and spare parts (inventory alternitive). But it isn't close to being ready for mass production. It might never even make it to mass production.
     
  3. Doug_G

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    3D printing is in its infancy. When your home printer can print most of the products you would use... now THAT would be a disruptive innovation.
     
  4. anticitizen13.7

    anticitizen13.7 Enemy of the Status Quo

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    Strati: 3D printed electric car

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/28/automobiles/no-time-for-car-shopping-click-print-to-make-your-own.html

    Printed components are made out of ABS plastic (same material as LEGO), weighs 2200 lbs., top speed of 50 MPH and range of 62 miles per charge. Printing the components took 44 hours, and the vehicle took a total of 4 days to completely assemble.

    Obviously this vehicle is a bit crude and not suited to use by the general public, but it's a fascinating look at what is possible with 3D printing.

    Is this a DIY Roadster? :biggrin:
     
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    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    brianman Burrito Founder

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    "Replicator." Unfortunately, I'm not optimistic that I'll be able to see it but synthesizing food from the building blocks will be a welcome change for those that aren't totally purist (think digital copies of CD music vs. physical copies of vinyl).

    "But but it won't be as good as..."
    "Right, but it's likely better than TV dinners with a jillion preservatives and ..."


    If you combine a good projection user experience (audio and holograms) and a good (food capable) replicator, the desire for a transporter becomes less.
     
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    I don't see a link to the actual Local Motors product page yet, so I thought I'd drop it in here.
    Local Motors - 3d Printed Car

    This is just my personal speculation, but I'd like to see a world in which Tesla supplies drive units, batteries and control electronics that can be installed in a personalized Local Motors type vehicle. For a small, lightweight roadster like the Strati even a single 188 hp drive unit (front drive unit of S85D) might be plenty of fun.
     
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    Drivetrain mule being built.
    The mule looks pretty ridiculous because it's using a Rally Fighter frame instead of the 3D-printed chassis. They've installed 28 kWh worth of batteries which is in the ballpark of most city EV's. Interesting that Local Motors is planning on using a multi-speed transmission.
     

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