They literally printed a car! A fully functional car!
Buying a brand new car is a luxury not everyone can have. Building your own car? Now that’s one thing you’d definitely want to do. In almost everything we own, you’d always see the label ‘Made in China’. Being the World’s biggest factory of all sorts, China is the producer of almost anything we’re using right now.
Although China makes a lot of stuff, they still love to experiment on creating so many things that goes wild into our imagination. They have all sorts of creations from the unusual to the most beneficial. This Chinese Company decided to make a car in a more convenient way the Chinese way— rather, the cheaper way.
1 China’s First 3D Printed Sedan
Sanya Sihai, a Chinese 3D Tech Company, decided to build a car— a 3D printed car. The company created the bright-orange electric-powered sedan for only $1,770 in manufacturing. The company is based in Hainan Province; it is a company that makes use of 3D printing in most of its company’s products and services. And it was the one who uncovered ‘China’s First 3D Printed Car’.
Sanya Suhei says that the 3D printed car took about 45 days and 5 days of it was dedicated to printing all the parts of the car.
2 Technology Behind The 3D Printed Car
Sanya Sihai’s chief designer, Chen Mingqiao explained that the car is fully-functioning and very light. Compared to metal, the density of the material used to making the car is seven to eight times lighter. With this, he concluded that the 3D printed car with a lighter weight would be very helpful in reducing gas usage or energy usage in the future.
The car is printed in a filament called ‘Tyrant Gold’. In total, the manufacturing cost of the car is equivalent to only $1,770. Although the car was printed using low-cost composite materials, the car functioned like an ordinary car.
3 The Modern Electronic Car
The car isn’t just cost-effective on manufacturing costs but it is also environment-friendly because it doesn’t run on gas. The 3D sedan is powered by rechargeable batteries. The sedan was also tested and is capable of running speeds up to 40 kilometers per hour which is about 24 miles per hour. Not much on the speed but it is safe enough and fast enough to get you to school right on time.
4 The World’s First 3D Printed Cars
This 3D printed car wasn’t an original idea developed in China. The first 3D printed car was actually printed in the US. The Urbee was created in 2013, it was created by multiple companies, namely: by a design firm named KOR EcoLogic: by RedEye on Demand, the direct digital manufacturer: and, 3D Printing Manufacturer, Stratsys.
Not long after the Urbee, Arizona-based Local Motors printed the Strati Car. With their first successful 3D printed car, they plan on custom printing 3D cars for clients on demand. The local motors company thinks that it is a good reliable business to begin with and it’s something that they would like to pioneer on.
Once they begin to tackle this 3d automobile business, The Urbee’s sticker price would range from $16,000 to $50,000 while the Strati would most probably have a cost range of $18,000 to $30,000.
5 Other Awesome Things That Were 3D Printed
3D printing has gone a long way since its birth, from printing tiny materials like toys to fully-functional automobiles like Sanya Sihai’s Sedan to incredibly big prints like houses. A Chinese company decided to tackle a big printing project, building a house and not just an ordinary ground-floor house but a complete 10-story apartment complex. Not only that but this outrageous project spearheaded by WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Company wants to finish the printing within 24 hours.
In January, WinSun successfully printed a five-story 3D printed house. The material used to build the house came from construction wastes. With that successful printing, it was renowned to be the tallest building ever to be created via 3D printing. This made the World’s First 3D Printed Apartment Building. That is only until they would be able to accomplish their 10-story apartment complex.
Not only did WinSun print the First 3D printed Apartment building but they also built the World’s First 3D printed villa. The mansion covers an area of 1,100 square meters. The mansion was beautifully crafted (as seen in the picture above). Although the 5-story 3D printed Apartment in Suzhou, China is far less appealing, it stands as the World’s tallest 3D printed infrastructure.