This futuristic looking electric car has been selected to be 3D printed as part of a competition to showcase the potential of the fast-developing printing technology.
It will be turned into a working vehicle using the technology, following a competition that saw would-be vehicle designers submitting their proposals for the cars of tomorrow.
US car manufacturing maverick Local Motors launched the competition to design the first 3D printed electric vehicle earlier this year.
The chosen design will be printed using a Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine, the first large-scale 3D printer of its kind, at September’s International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.
The winner was chosen by a panel of judges, who also awarded six other design innovation awards for unique concepts and ideas. Here we take a closer look at the winning designs.
The winning design was created by Italian designer Michele Anoé, who developed this compact car to be easily be entered and not look out of place on our roads.
It will inspire the full-size 3D printed prototype.
Lonnie Love, from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, said: “Michele’s design offers an excellent balance between innovation, complexity and practicality. It has good 3D lines and the retractable roof is really cool.”
Internal Strut Frame
This design has an innovative structure that uses vertical struts to support the upper surfaces of the vehicle.
The concept was selected as the community favourite.
The Aeroblade was designed to try and push new aerodynamic techniques by conducting the airflow through uniquely designed 3D blades.
Judges described the design as being very futuristic-looking.
The 3DPCX looks slightly like an expanded go-kart, but the car uses creative structural support to help hold it together.
Judges praised the vehicle for its simplicity but ability to still be innovative.
The design was inspired by supernovas in space, which the designer describes as ‘exploding in a very aggressive way’.
It was commended by the judges for taking functional elements and combining them within a lightweight vehicle.
The Mirage was rewarded not only for being innovative but for also combining a unique feature.
It received an innovation award for incorporating layers to create a 3D printed ‘crumple zone’ to protect the occupants in the case of an accident.
The e-Spider was designed to try and achieve maximum strength while also using less material.
Judges said: “A tribute to the minimalist in all of us, the e-Spider merges the efficiency of a smart car with the effectiveness of a desert dune buggy.”
All images courtesy of IMTS.