3D-Printed EDAG Genesis Concept Could Change the Way Cars Are Produced [w/video]
If there’s one big craze that’s been sweeping the auto industry in the past few months or so, it’s the idea of 3D printing. Yes, 3D printing a whole car. We’ve seen it in the past with cars like the Urbee, but one German design firm is doing it much, much sexier. Inspired by a turtle's skeleton (seriously), the EDAG Genesis design concept was unveiled in Geneva a few weeks ago. The vehicle shell was created using full 3D printing techniques, and previews the chassis of what could become a production car in the future.
This new way of producing and manufacturing parts for vehicles could drastically cut the cost of production. Although admittedly, the technology for mass-market production wouldn’t be available for another ten years, at least.
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In a statement on its website, EDAG confirms it is confident that 3D printing is the new wave of the future:
“Unlike other technologies, FDM makes it possible for components of almost any size to be produced, as there are no pre-determined space requirements to pose any restrictions,” says EDAG in their press release.
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It continues: “Even though industrial usage of additive manufacturing processing is still in its infancy...tool-free production make this technology a subject for the future.” So, when the time is right, the possibilities will be endless.
PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 EDAG Genesis Concept