After Local Motors, creator of the first 3D printed car named Strati, 4ekolka and Honda are attempting to create 3D printed cars.
A little-known start-up based in Prague has created a prototype named 4ekolka, a mini-customized car that’s 100% electric, whose body panels are assembled using 3D technologies. Petr Chladek, founder of the start-up announced that the vehicle will have a range up to 200 km approximately (in a single charge), and that its battery will have a capacity of 9,6 kWh. The latter also mentioned that when it came to performance, 4ekolka could reach the maximum speed of 60 km/h, making it a city car.
Using 3D technology is no longer a wild concept in the automobile industry. Indeed, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Daihatsu are working on 3D technology, which they’d use to manufacture body panels for their vehicles.
While they’re not the first automaker to present vehicles whose body panels are created by 3D printing, Honda still got some people’s attention at the Parisian auto show. In addition to 3D technology, the car builder envisages customization of its mini-vehicles. In order to do so, Honda apparently asked for the help of a company by the name of Kabuku in order to design its mini-cars designed for deliveries.
The engineers firstly improved space inside the vehicles in order for them to carry a maximum of items, but the outside still looks compact. Capable of reaching the maximum speed of 129 km/h, the automaker said sales will likely start from next spring.
If we take into account the numerous advantages of 3D technology: less manufacturing time, lower production costs, lighter vehicles, and better performances, we should consider it as the innovation that will revolutionize the car industry.