The 3D car that assembles itself

Summary:Has 3D-printing moved from the realms of health, tech and architecture to jump into the transport industry?

3D printing is being used worldwide for a variety of applications, ranging from architecture to prosthetic limbs to weapon design.

The Areion , a racing car which was built using 3D-printed components, debuted last year. The car is able to reach a top speed of 88mph, going from 0 to 62mph in 3.2 seconds, and the steel chassis is protected within a 3D shell which took only three weeks to construct. However, vehicle designer Nir Siegel wants to go a step further by creating 3D-printed cars that assemble themselves.

Siegel's Genesis concept imagines a world where a car buyer would be delivered a specialized 3D printer at home -- which can then print out a vehicle which matches the buyer's specifications.

Siegel studied vehicle design at the Royal College of Art in London, and has recently earned a Pilkington Design Award for the Genesis. One of the judges, Mike Greenall, director of automotive R&D programmes at NSG Group said:

"The increased pressure to produce economical, environmentally-friendly designs has led students to identify innovative glazing and innovative design that are set to shape the future of the automotive industry."

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Image credit: Nir Siegel


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Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charli... Full Bio

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