Ford Motor Company announced this week that it’s testing 3D printing of large-scale car parts, a move that could eventually lead to the manufacturing of more fuel-efficient vehicles. 3D printing hasn’t really gone large scale like this yet, but the potential upsides are huge.
I think what’s most outstanding about Divergent’s 3D printed car tech is that it envisions a future that I would want to live in.
One of my favorite displays at auto shows are the engine cutaways. I love seeing how the parts move together and what does what. Imagine my delight when I saw this video of a working, 3D printed General Motors LS3 V8 engine.
Following new car unveilings is and endless series of disappointments in a slow grind into dull, globular sameness until the robots take over. Why put up with all of that? Why not go your own way?
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is charged with applying science and engineering for the U.S. Department Of Energy. That work includes transportation research, and as of last month, making the biggest-ever 3-D printed thing.
The magical, almost Star Trek-replicator quality of 3D printing is still new enough to be novel and exciting, and one of the best parts about seeing fascinating 3D-printed stuff, like this Subaru EJ20 WRX engine, is knowing that, if you have a 3D printer, you could download it and have one of your very own. We live in…
Volkswagen announced their European-market fix for their dirty, cheaty 1.6-liter TDI engines recently, and it’s a deceptively simple-looking tube with a bit of screen on one end. They give it the exciting name of flow transformer, which sounds like either something that opens a wormhole in space or something you can…
You may recall that Top Gear's current scandal has to do with Jeremy Clarkson's intense hunger. One might say he's hungry hungry. Not unlike certain hippos I've encountered. Thankfully, people have recognized this synergy and produced a kit to adapt your Hungry Hungry Hippos game to Hungry Hungry Clarksons. Finally!
If you're planning to build a plastic, subscale 80s Toyota Hilux using a 3D printer so you have a sweet ride when you get zapped by a shrink-ray, but have balked at the difficulty of making the drivetrain, boy are you in luck. You can thank Eric Harrell, because he's made a 'working' Toyota 22R-E engine and 4WD…
Jonathan Brand always wanted a motorcycle, but life got in the way. So the New York artist did the next, next, next best thing and created his own with CAD, a 3D printer, and 40 pounds of plastic.
"Butch" Wilmore needed a socket wrench. That's a problem since he's 155 vertical miles from the nearest Ace Hardware.
If we're going to venture out into space in a serious way, at some point we're going to need to be able to manufacture stuff. Replacement parts, tools based on needs we don't yet know, novelty Pez dispensers, etc. 3D printing is probably the best way to do this, and a major first milestone was reached on Tuesday.
Even if you had the money, it wouldn't be easy to buy yourself a Lancia 037. Only a few hundred were ever built and good luck getting your hands on one. What if you could just print the car instead?
EDAG is a German design and engineering firm that has been working with most car manufacturers for the past four decades and also built a Pontiac Solstice shooting brake because wagons rock. Their latest concept is a 3D-printed composite passenger cell that was inspired by turtles and goes beyond today's possibilities.
You'll have to wait until the end of the year to drive and buy a 2015 Ford Mustang. But apparently some people are eating the new Mustang already. Because nothing says "I love you" like a chocolate pony car.
There was an old anti-piracy ad that said something completely inane like "you wouldn't download a car, so why would you download music?" It was ridiculous and everybody laughed mercilessly. Except now, Honda is actually letting – nay, encouraging – you to download their cars. Or 3D models of its cars, at least.
Back in the early days of automobiles, when you had to be I-have-three-footman wealthy to own a horseless carriage, the way most cars were sold was in two distinct parts: an automobile company would sell you an engine/rolling chassis unit, and then you'd have a body built by a coachwork company.
Flipping around that stupid ad that everyone's seen, we have to ask: you wouldn't download a car, would you?
We're getting closer and closer to being able to download cars. Case and point: this teeny tiny Ariel Atom, made in a 3D printer.
These days filmmakers often turn to computer graphics for scenes of destruction that would otherwise be too expensive or dangerous to stage in real life. But Skyfall posed a different problem. Namely that the effects crew didn't want to damage a priceless 1960 Aston Martin DB 5 that appeared in the original Bond film…