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3D-Printed Hybrid Car Drives Toward Mass Production

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TJ McDermott
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Will we hear from the unions?
TJ McDermott   3/17/2013 1:52:19 PM
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Elizabeth, this was a very interesting article.  You noted Redeye would be building a factory for their mass production.

I would hazard to guess most readers realize 3D printing is a relatively slow process (vector pen-plotters come to mind).  Is it Redeye's contention that, while the 3D printing process is slow by itself, when making a complete car body 3D printing it is as fast  or faster than traditional discrete component + fasteners assembly?

To put it better, is the time and labor it takes to 3D-print a complete car body in one go the same or less than machining all the individual parts and then assembling them with fasteners and adhesives?

If that is the case, then Redeye's eliminating a substantial portion of the assembly line at Ford, GM, and Chrysler.  One wonders how the labor unions will react to this use of 3D printing?

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3-D Printed car
Gorski   3/16/2013 11:30:43 AM
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The concept of 3-D printing for prototypes is very promising. However, if I were going to drive a car at 70 mph, I don't want it to be made of plastic.

GORSKI PE

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3-D Printed car
Gorski   3/16/2013 11:30:42 AM
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The concept of 3-D printing for prototypes is very promising. However, if I were going to drive a car at 70 mph, I don't want it to be made of plastic.

GORSKI PE

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Re: Bones vs Steel
tekochip   3/16/2013 9:13:54 AM
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Ouch

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Re: Production volume
Pubudu   3/16/2013 2:53:56 AM
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Elizabath revolutionary news , I also would like to know the production volumes and the production cost of these 3D prints, is it competitive with the existing system.?

If it is cost effective this will be the best subsidiary for the light weight aluminum not only for the automobile but for the other general purposes. 

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Production volume
Charles Murray   3/15/2013 5:44:56 PM
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Big news, Liz. Any idea what the production volume might be?

Kontrols
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Bones vs Steel
Kontrols   3/15/2013 1:41:14 PM
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The boney material may be strong for an animal, but I can only imagine what a bone looks like after being struck by steel (i.e. - another automobile).

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