German Engineering Firm Shows Off Possibility Of 3D Printed Cars

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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Advancements in 3D printing have pushed industries to reconsider the possibilities that the new technology can bring to the table. This has led EDAG, a worldwide engineering firm based in Germany, to take it upon themselves to design and build the first 3D printed car, called the EDAG Genesis, and while their concept car doesn’t include the wheels, it does show that this new technology can result in complex designs that wouldn’t be possible with traditional materials or methods.

The Genesis design was inspired by the shell of a turtle, which “provides protection and cushioning and is part of the animal’s bony structure”. Pieces are sandwiched together to then give the car’s structure strength and stability.

With the use of 3D printing, EDAG was able to produce something that is not only lightweight but carries with it a revolutionary bionic design. The entire process of manufacturing the Genesis is done without the use of any tools or waste, reducing resources and the environmental impact.

While you won’t be seeing the Genesis hitting the road right now, EDAG hopes that the concept will show car manufacturers the capabilities that 3D printing can provide as the technology continues to advance.

Check out more angles of the futuristic Genesis design below…

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Source: EDAG

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