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From dot matrix to the starting grid: Racing car designed purely by 3D printing can go from 0 to 60mph in just four seconds | Mail Online


From dot matrix to the starting grid: Racing car created by 3D printer can go from 0 to 60mph in just four seconds

Giant 3D printer created the the race car - engineers just added engine and wheels to get the vehicle moving
Design took just three weeks to go from concept to reality
Successful test runs carried out at Hockenheim and Silverstone race tracks


Read more: From dot matrix to the starting grid: Racing car designed purely by 3D printing can go from 0 to 60mph in just four seconds | Mail Online
 

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their are metal 3d printers now as well.... pretty interesting to thing that rather than casting or machining, you can print an internal "honeycomb" matrix inside solid parts... lots of interest around suspension parts.
 

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Just engine and wheels?..... Really?

So they created the frame from plastic? The suspension was plastic? The wiring? The suspension arms and links? The struts and springs? I guess all that was all plastic along with the battery and exhaust etc.

I most certainly believe certain parts can be rapid prototyped... Just don't believe you can rapid prototype an entire car except engine, wheels, and tires and have a working car.
 

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maybe not now but eventually yes any construable material will be a printable one. so printing a car could be possible.
 

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Definately a marketing spin for the company. It looks to be a FSAE team just printed out the body work for their car. The only news there is they have printers big enough these days for that. Rapid prototyping was taking off when I was in undergad (a LONG time ago unfortunately).

They do have advanced 3d "printing" for metals and structures these days, like laser sintering. This artical is hardly engineering news.
 

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This is what happens when a non-technical person tries to write about technical matters.
You ever play that came "telephone" as a kid? The one where everyone sits in a circle and a sentence is whispered in your ear and you have to pass it on. By the time it gets around it is only vaugly correct.

The journalist that wrote this article is the one who always ****ed up the sentence the worst.

"Hey did you hear about that college team with the big rapid prototype machine. They printed the whole car body out of plastic. They threw in the engine and wheels and then test fit the body and everything fit perfect first time. They raced it all over the place the next weekend."

Translation:
"Some uber engineers created a whole car except the engine and wheels in a big rapid prototyping machine. They raced the car from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds after that... Next they plan to make a fully functioning death star except for the fuel and start button! "
 
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