3D Printing

Prototype electric car made with a 3D printer

The largely 3D-printed StreetScooter C16 prototype
The largely 3D-printed StreetScooter C16 prototype
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The largely 3D-printed StreetScooter C16 prototype
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The largely 3D-printed StreetScooter C16 prototype
Stratasys' Objet1000 3D Production System
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Stratasys' Objet1000 3D Production System
Part of a 3D-printed C16 door
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Part of a 3D-printed C16 door

It looks like Local Motors is getting some company in the 3D-printed car arena. German electric vehicle manufacturer StreetScooter recently completed the prototype of its C16, most of the exterior components of which were created using a Stratasys Objet1000 3D Production System.

The 3D-printed parts of the car include its front and back panels, door panels, bumper systems, side skirts, wheel arches and lamp masks, along with some smaller interior items.

Although many parts of the production version of the C16 will be built using more conventional methods, the 3D printing approach allowed the prototype to be constructed inexpensively, and within just 12 months. That said, it's reportedly still able to "perform in strenuous testing environments to the same level as a vehicle made of traditionally manufactured parts."

Stratasys' Objet1000 3D Production System
Stratasys' Objet1000 3D Production System

The Objet1000 (seen above) is reportedly the world's largest multi-material 3D printer, letting StreetScooter produce ABS parts up to one meter (3.3 ft) in length. It's the same printer that KOR EcoLogic used to manufacture its Urbee.

An Aachen University spinoff company, StreetScooter already manufactures a small delivery truck that's used by Deutsche Post. Not many details are available on the C16, although the final version will reportedly weigh about 450 kg (992 lb) plus battery, it will have a minimum range of 100 km (62 miles), a top speed of 100 km/h and a price tag somewhere below €10,000 (US$12,550).

Stratasys will have the prototype on display at the EuroMold show in Frankfurt, from Nov. 25 to 28.

Source: Stratasys

5 comments
LordInsidious
Take my money!
Don Duncan
Who do I make the check out to? If the batt lasts 7-10 years, or is not more than $2000 to replace after 5 years, I'm a customer. This is approximately what I expected 20 years ago when the think tank, Rocky Mountain Institute, came out with their white paper on a new paradigm for efficient vehicles focusing on two fundamentals ignored by car manufactures, lightweighting and ultra low drag co-efficient. They called it the "hypercar". Only Aptera has tried to disrupt the market with this new paradigm, but was sabotaged by incompetent or corrupt management. They wasted their seed money trying to get a big govt. loan when all they had to do was begin production or use to the internet.
Synchro
This looks extremely similar to the Italian "Tabby" car, featured in Gizmag back in January (http://www.gizmag.com/osvehicle-open-source-tabby/30679/), but it's double the price!
pieter prall
All this chatter about 3D "printers". They are really not printers they are more like milling machines. Let's get for real ok?
coresnake
@pieter prall Obviously you know absolutely nothing about 3D printers, as they are the exact opposite of milling machines. They do additive manufacture, whether or not it looks like your desktop printer has nothing to do with it.