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Turtle Inspires 3D-Printed Car Frame

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Cabe Atwell
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Re: Fewer constraints = more inspiration
Cabe Atwell   4/23/2014 3:37:48 PM
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Talk about customization. The prospect of printing vehicles is simply amazing. I hope to see more soon.

 

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Ann R. Thryft   4/23/2014 12:45:42 PM
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fm, all that is what I meant by a few extras. And I wouldn't mind driving this thing myself.

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fm   4/23/2014 9:54:07 AM
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Actually, put a motor & some batteries in it (oh, and wheels and a steering wheel and...) - it would be easier to fit an electric drive into that wacky chassis than an ICE with its bulkier and less-flexible supporting hardware. Let me be the first to stand in line to put one in *my* garage!

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Ann R. Thryft   4/22/2014 5:41:20 PM
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Cabe, actually few final parts on high-volume, production model street cars are made from 3D printers--I wish we'd gotten that far! But 3D printing *is* used in prototyping quite a bit for those models. 3D printing is also used extensively in very high-end cars and race cars to make final parts, and especially for replacement parts for race cars between races.

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Cabe Atwell   4/22/2014 5:31:09 PM
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A sizable percentage of parts on cars already come from 3D printers. With that carbon fiber printer set to hit the market in mass, plenty will made this way. It's so cheap!

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Ann R. Thryft   4/22/2014 1:07:29 PM
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You can't put an engine and wheels on it (plus a few extras) and drive off. Besides, they'd all have to be redesigned, too. But this car body is a stunning example of what can be done when the tools for designing and making it are a lot less constraining.



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