The next 3D printed car to consider is one that also can power a home. This concept is part of the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project created by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The AMIE project is a model for energy-efficient systems that link buildings, vehicles and the grid. The idea was to connect a natural-gas-powered hybrid electric vehicle with a solar-powered building to create an integrated energy system. Power can flow in either direction between the vehicle and building through a special wireless technology. The approach allows the car to provide supplemental power to the 210-square-foot house when the sun is not shining.
|Image Source: Jason Richards via Oak Ridge National Laboratory|
The 3D printed vehicle, call the PUV, used body panels printed in carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic on a large 3D printer. A special resin coat is used to provide a smooth and glossy surface. The PUV has a top speed of 35 mph, and the maximum range for the 14-kWh lithium-ion battery is 35 miles.