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Exclusive: China’s Wanxiang to relaunch Fisker Karma car with 2012 design …



BEIJING/DETROIT (Reuters) – Chinese auto parts producer Wanxiang Group, which bought stylish electric car pioneer Fisker Automotive from bankruptcy, is accelerating the relaunch of Fisker’s Karma hybrid luxury car by using a design from the company’s last year of production, people close to the companies said.

Wanxiang aims to reintroduce by next year Fisker’s electric cars, which enjoyed a cult following for their streamlined design among early fans including actor Leonardo DiCaprio and pop star Justin Bieber before the company’s demise in 2013.

The “new” Karma that California-based Fisker, acquired by Wanxiang earlier this year, is rushing to finish is based largely on the 2012 model, said the people, who asked not to be identified. Wanxiang’s top U.S. executive said in February the Karma would be reintroduced within a year.

“It will have to be nearly identical to the 2012 model, or it would need to go through (safety) testing and certification again,” a person close to Fisker’s suppliers said. “I don’t think they want to put a lot of engineering into it either, as well as probably use up some of the old parts that are in inventory.”

Co-founded by Danish designer Henrik Fisker in 2007, Fisker had a mission to build a beautiful, “green” car that could rival exclusive European brands like Maserati and Aston Martin.

The company was an early rival of Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O) but their fortunes went in opposite directions. A series of missteps and recalls led to disappointing sales for Fisker and eventually the company’s bankruptcy filing. Wanxiang acquired Fisker’s assets for $149.2 million in a U.S. bankruptcy auction in February.

OLD SUPPLIERS ANGRY

In Wanxiang’s effort to revive the brand, the timeline could be at risk. Some of Fisker’s old suppliers, which the Chinese company has contacted, remain angry because of losses suffered due to Fisker’s failure, the sources said.

“They lost money and had dedicated facilities that were severely underutilized,” a second person with knowledge of the matter said. “Many scrapped their tools or took them out of their facilities.”

Fisker does not plan to simply reintroduce the 2012 Karma, a source close to Fisker said. “Not 100 percent identical,” the person said. “The new Karma will be different in many key areas. It will have noticeable upgrades.” He declined to provide details.

Using the 2012 Karma design could present problems given it has older features and technologies. “You’re not buying something that’s considered ‘state of the art’ necessarily,” the supplier source said. “It’s a big hurdle to overcome.”

A Wanxiang spokesman in China declined to comment on Thursday. People at Fisker’s Costa Mesa, California, headquarters, where about 90 people work, said on Thursday they were not authorized to speak to the media.

A third source said Fisker has the necessary funding thanks to Wanxiang’s backing. The source close to Fisker said the company was hiring people in the United States but declined to provide further details.

However, several sources were skeptical Fisker can meet the timeline laid out in February by Pin Ni, the head of Wanxiang’s U.S. unit. The source close to Fisker said the automaker needs to resolve issues related to suppliers and production location. He declined to elaborate but said Fisker was “not there yet.”

Ni told Reuters in February that Fisker planned to restart Karma production in Finland, where Valmet Automotive previously built the cars under contract, and start selling them again in the United States and Europe. The supplier source said Finland remains the starting point for production.

Once sales gained steam, Ni said Fisker could quickly commence U.S. production.

Ni also has said Wanxiang wants Fisker to complete the development of a second model called the Atlantic, a mid-size gasoline-electric hybrid sedan meant to be a more affordable “volume model” under Fisker’s previous management. A red version of the car was on display in the lobby of the U.S. headquarters outside Los Angeles on Thursday.

The Karma, a hybrid-electric vehicle equipped with a small gasoline engine that kicks in when its on-board battery is depleted, previously had a starting price of around $100,000.

About 1,800 Karma cars were sold, far short of initial projections of 11,000.

(Reporting by Nichola Groom in Costa Mesa, California, Norihiko Shirouzu in Beijing and Ben Klayman in Detroit; Additional reporting by Deepa Seetharaman in San Francisco and Sam Shen in Shanghai; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Article source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/18/us-fisker-wanxiang-idUSKBN0HD2H320140918

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"World’s first" 3D printed car created and driven by Local Motors


The acceleration of 3D printing means that even cars can be now printed. The Local Motors Strati 3D car was printed live at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2014 last week. The printing process took just 44 hours.

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Strati was the result of the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge run by crowd-source automotive firm Local Motors. It was announced in June that the car’s designer Michele Anoé had won the challenge, having seen off competition from more than 200 entrants in more than 30 countries. Anoé won a US$5,000 cash prize and the honor of seeing Strati be printed at IMTS.

“Local Motors has a long standing relationship with the Association For Manufacturing Technology who runs the International Manufacturing Technology Show,” Kate Hartley of Local Motors told Gizmag. “Two years ago, the team at AMT invited Local Motors to build Local Motor’s first crowdsourced vehicle, the Rally Fighter, over the 5-day show. This year, we decided to 3D-print a car.”

Local Motors claims that Strati is the world’s first 3D printed car, although the 2010 Urbee is one of a number of projects that might also stake a claim to that title. Local Motors argues, however, that the Urbee used only 3D printed panels and features, whilst relying on a standard internal structure. Every part of the the Strati that isn’t “mechanically involved,” it says, is 3D printed.

The company also claims that it is the first time that the main portion of a car has been printed in one piece using direct digital manufacturing. Mechanical components, like the battery, motor, wiring and suspension, were sourced separately from a variety of suppliers and installed by the Local Motors team.

Local Motors tells Gizmag that the build process for the Strati has has three phases. First, the body is printed using a Big Area Additive Manufacturing machine from Cincinnati Inc. Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Subtractive manufacturing is then carried out using a computer numerical control (CNC) routing machine and, finally, the printed portion of the vehicle is assembled with the additional components over a two day period. The car takes 44 hours to print, 1 day to mill and 2 days to assemble, making a 5 day build process in total.

“The Strati was designed by our community, [will be] made in our Microfactory and will be driven by you,” says CEO of Local Motors John B. Rogers Jr. in a press release. “This brand-new process disrupts the manufacturing status quo, changes the consumer experience and proves that a car can be born in an entirely different way.”

The completed Strati was fully functional and was driven for the first time on the morning of Saturday 13th September. Local Motors says that the milestone is just the beginning of its 3D-printed vehicles. The printed Strati begins an international tour this week.

The video below shows a time-lapse of the Strati being printed.

Source: Local Motors

Article source: http://www.gizmag.com/local-motors-strati-imts/33846/

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Exclusive: China’s Wanxiang To Relaunch Fisker Karma Car With 2012 Design …


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By Norihiko Shirouzu and Ben Klayman

BEIJING/DETROIT (Reuters) – Chinese auto parts producer Wanxiang Group, which bought stylish electric car pioneer Fisker Automotive from bankruptcy, is accelerating the relaunch of Fisker’s Karma hybrid luxury car by using a design from the company’s last year of production, people close to the companies said.

Wanxiang aims to reintroduce by next year Fisker’s electric cars, which enjoyed a cult following for their streamlined design among early fans including actor Leonardo DiCaprio and pop star Justin Bieber before the company’s demise in 2013.

The “new” Karma that California-based Fisker, acquired by Wanxiang earlier this year, is rushing to finish is based largely on the 2012 model, said the people, who asked not to be identified. Wanxiang’s top U.S. executive said in February the Karma would be reintroduced within a year.

“It will have to be nearly identical to the 2012 model, or it would need to go through (safety) testing and certification again,” a person close to Fisker’s suppliers said. “I don’t think they want to put a lot of engineering into it either, as well as probably use up some of the old parts that are in inventory.”

Co-founded by Danish designer Henrik Fisker in 2007, Fisker had a mission to build a beautiful, “green” car that could rival exclusive European brands like Maserati and Aston Martin.

The company was an early rival of Tesla Motors Inc but their fortunes went in opposite directions. A series of missteps and recalls led to disappointing sales for Fisker and eventually the company’s bankruptcy filing. Wanxiang acquired Fisker’s assets for $149.2 million in a U.S. bankruptcy auction in February.

OLD SUPPLIERS ANGRY

In Wanxiang’s effort to revive the brand, the timeline could be at risk. Some of Fisker’s old suppliers, which the Chinese company has contacted, remain angry because of losses suffered due to Fisker’s failure, the sources said.

“They lost money and had dedicated facilities that were severely underutilized,” a second person with knowledge of the matter said. “Many scrapped their tools or took them out of their facilities.”

Fisker does not plan to simply reintroduce the 2012 Karma, a source close to Fisker said. “Not 100 percent identical,” the person said. “The new Karma will be different in many key areas. It will have noticeable upgrades.” He declined to provide details.

Using the 2012 Karma design could present problems given it has older features and technologies. “You’re not buying something that’s considered ‘state of the art’ necessarily,” the supplier source said. “It’s a big hurdle to overcome.”

A Wanxiang spokesman in China declined to comment on Thursday. People at Fisker’s Costa Mesa, California, headquarters, where about 90 people work, said on Thursday they were not authorized to speak to the media.

A third source said Fisker has the necessary funding thanks to Wanxiang’s backing. The source close to Fisker said the company was hiring people in the United States but declined to provide further details.

However, several sources were skeptical Fisker can meet the timeline laid out in February by Pin Ni, the head of Wanxiang’s U.S. unit. The source close to Fisker said the automaker needs to resolve issues related to suppliers and production location. He declined to elaborate but said Fisker was “not there yet.”

Ni told Reuters in February that Fisker planned to restart Karma production in Finland, where Valmet Automotive previously built the cars under contract, and start selling them again in the United States and Europe. The supplier source said Finland remains the starting point for production.

Once sales gained steam, Ni said Fisker could quickly commence U.S. production.

Ni also has said Wanxiang wants Fisker to complete the development of a second model called the Atlantic, a mid-size gasoline-electric hybrid sedan meant to be a more affordable “volume model” under Fisker’s previous management. A red version of the car was on display in the lobby of the U.S. headquarters outside Los Angeles on Thursday.

The Karma, a hybrid-electric vehicle equipped with a small gasoline engine that kicks in when its on-board battery is depleted, previously had a starting price of around $100,000.

About 1,800 Karma cars were sold, far short of initial projections of 11,000.

(Reporting by Nichola Groom in Costa Mesa, California, Norihiko Shirouzu in Beijing and Ben Klayman in Detroit; Additional reporting by Deepa Seetharaman in San Francisco and Sam Shen in Shanghai; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

This article originally appeared at Reuters. Copyright 2014. Follow Reuters on Twitter.

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The 10 sexiest exhaust pipes on new cars today


Aesthetically, there is a lot to consider when analyzing a car’s design. Most people probably focus on a car’s grill or the profile or sculpting.

But for a lot of folks, the tailpipes have an allure all their own.

Here are what Cars.com editors consider the 10 best examples of exquisite exhausts on the market today.

1. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

The “top pipes” of the new 918 Porsche Spyder aren’t what sparked us to create this list, but they certainly earn the top spot without much debate. Unlike most tailpipes, these are mounted directly above the supercar’s engine (and behind your ears). Porsche says the design keeps hot gasses away from the engine by using the shortest possible route. That may be true, but the wow factor is off the charts, too.

2. 2015 Dodge Viper

In the lexicon of exhaust pipes there are probably none more unusual than those that pipe out hot emissions to the side of the car. The redesigned Dodge Viper has ‘em, though, and it is the subtlety of these side pipes on such an otherwise audacious sports car — no matter what color — that really stirs our hearts.

3. 2015 Lexus RC F

There are a few cars on this list with quad pipes, but Lexus gets a few extra nods because of the offset layout of the four on the all-new RC F coupe. They’re not as exotic as the center-mounted tri-pipes of the LFA supercar from the Japanese luxury automaker, but for a somewhat attainable sports coupe, they’re pretty spectacular.

4. 2015 Nissan Nismo GT-R

The shiny quad pipes on the perfectly dangerous-looking GT-R are worthy of this list on their own, but when Nissan gives the Nismo treatment to a car, it’s usually something unique. Instead of four separate circles, the duo on each side is contained in single, split oval. This exudes more of a “race car” look to the Nismo versus a street-car look to the GT-R. If you’re getting a GT-R, though, you really can’t go wrong.

5. 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

The first Alfa Romeo to be sold in the U.S. in decades is an elegant sports coupe that exudes European flair. The same can be said for the dual tailpipes on either side of its slickly styled rear lower bumper. The pipes have two concentric circles, a look common in automotive fashion years ago but one that you rarely see today.

6. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

There are quad pipes and there are center-mounted pipes, but the redesigned Corvette Stingray has the best of both worlds: center-mounted quad pipes. Whether you get the basic Corvette or the new Z06 version with its extra oomph, you still get these four pipes all lined up in a row right below those two famous flags.

7. 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

This list focuses on how tailpipes look, and to tell you the truth, the pair on the ridiculously powerful Challenger Hellcat don’t really scream 707 horsepower. That is, until you rev the engine. Perhaps they speak to the potential for this to be a sleeper. Dressed in gray or black paint, no one will know what is hiding under the hood. And no one will be able to tell when sitting behind you at a stoplight either. Until the light turns green.

8. 2014 Jaguar F-Type R V-8

When Jaguar decided to evoke the past for its new F-Type coupe and convertible, it did a masterful job of incorporating modern styling into an iconic look. Its exhaust is no exception, especially on the V-8-powered models, which focus two straight pipes on either side of the rear of the car. It’s another vintage touch that offsets the rather futuristic design.

9. 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Who fails to love a center-mounted exhaust pipe? The Cars.com editors voted for the Veloster’s affordable version over the new Mini Cooper S Hardtop, which also sports one. If you want to make an affordable sporty car stand out, this is the way to do it.

10. 2014 Ram 1500

Ram made huge leaps forward when it redesigned the workhorse 1500 pickup truck a few years ago. It’s a better truck all around, but the company went above and beyond with the tailpipes. The nicely plated, round twin pipes are well done on their own but what Ram did to really set the 1500 apart was design a curved lower lip in the chrome bumper so the pipes nestle against it. Who knew a truck could be so … elegant?

Cars.com photos by Evan Sears and Stephen Pham; Porsche and Nissan manufacturer images

Article source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/09/18/10-sexiest-exhaust-tailpipes-on-new-cars-today/15740929/

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Parents design car decals in honor of daughter – WCSH


The parents of Taylor Darveau hope to channel their grief into a cause that will spare other parents from losing a child to reckless teen driving.

Article source: http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/local/2014/09/18/darveau-family-shares/15852881/

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Cause crafts car


A celluloid baddie is doing his job. His weapon is an ear-splitting growl. He sounds as if a 3,000-watt amplifier has been surgically stitched into him.

Another goes about being the bad guy, silently. He looks the part. With a withering stare, flaring nostrils and twitching lips.

Who do you think is more effective?

Now, a campaign car blares out its agenda. Its sound system is piercing, causing cracks in concrete columns. As if that’s not bad enough, the message is reinforced through loud words stuck across the car’s body.

In contrast, another car just shows up and delivers the message. No sounds. No painted words. The machine is the message.

And now, which’s more effective?

Campaigns often ride on cars. And many of these car-driven campaigns don’t do much for the listener’s heart. Of course, they reach his head. They give him a migraine, I mean. They’re as atrociously loud as the poorly-etched villain. Often, just as tautological. And just as ineffective. Therefore, it’s always refreshing when cars of the latter kind come along. They tell a story, silently, aesthetically and more powerfully.

Over the decades, brands have been silently promoted through cars designed to resemble them. An interesting example is the hotdog-shaped wienermobiles in the United States. Designed with small cars and huge trucks, these metal hotdogs come in many sizes. Small. Medium. Large. Just like the hotdogs they promote. Together, they are believed to have done food major Oscar Mayer enviable good. They have also become icons of representational car design.

A more familiar example of this genre of automobile designing — for urban Indians, that is — could be the Red Bull campaign cars that carry giant-sized Red Bull cans on their backs.

Not just commercial, but social campaigns also gain steam from such automobile designs. An example is the two yellow buses employed by the Lion’s Blood Bank. They are crafted to resemble strolling lions. They prowl around Chennai looking for blood donors. Many years ago, I walked into the waiting jaws of one of these buses, struck by its leonine look.

“With permission from the traffic police, these buses are parked in public spaces. Curiosity leads people into them. Many of them donate blood. On an average, 750 units are collected every month through these two buses,” says P.G. Sundarrajan, chairman, Lions Blood Bank.

The smaller bus — more precisely, ‘the cub’ — was launched to enable the mobile blood bank to access narrow stretches in neighbourhoods.

At times, representational automobile design is just a statement of art. There is no cause beyond art. A striking illustration is the annual parade of artfully and aesthetically prepared cars in Houston. Closer home, we have Sudhakar Yadav from Hyderabad. With his team from Sudha Cars Museum, he puts in a memorable appearance every time a special occasion rolls into sight.

For one Women’s Day, he designed functional machines right out of a ladies’ handbag. For instance, a compact ran on a low-powered engine. So did a stiletto and a handbag. “These vehicles are powered by 60cc engines,” says Sudhakar.

On one Children’s Day, similarly low-powered machines came straight out of a school kid’s pencil box. Kids went on a merry drive in a sharpener, a pen and a pencil.

On World AIDS Day too, he designed a vehicle, promoting safe sex. No marks for guessing what the machine looked like.

These machines are operated in a controlled environment.

Summing up, social good is precious. Art is precious. Brand building is precious. Besides these, there is something equally precious. Happiness. And these spread it, in generous amounts.

Not just people. These vehicles must themselves be happy. Listen to their engines. Between their customary notes, they must be humming a merry tune.

Article source: http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/cause-crafts-car/article6419538.ece

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Volvo XC90 R-Design (2015): first pictures


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First Official Pictures

18 September 2014 08:00

The new Volvo XC90 was shown in August 2014 – and now a month later the Swedes have shown the new XC90 R-Design. Think of it as the SUV that’s popped down the gym at lunchtime and come back in a tracksuit.

R-Design is a trim level in Volvo parlance and it won’t come as a surprise to you to hear that the XC90 R-Design follows the format of other more sporting Volvos.

You get a bodykit and a smattering of extra kit in your R-Design package, which starts production in May 2015. Expect the first right-hand drive UK cars in July.

What do I get on my Volvo XC90 R-Design?

You’ll spot the gently sporting XC90 by its bodykit first; this is merely a cosmetic upgrade, with no mechanical tinkering. The grille and deeper front spoiler are new at the front, while the roof rails and door mirror caps are matt silver.

Look closely and you’ll spot the silk-effect metal window surround while the twin exhaust pipes are integrated into the rear valance.

Naturally, it rides on whopping 20-inch alloy wheels to give the big-rimmed look so beloved of buyers trading up to sporty trims (and damn the ride quality). It’s rare that we champion such models as the best choice.

Inside the Volvo XC90 R-Design cabin

More gripping Contour sports seats are fitted inside, there’s a perforated leather steering wheel and gearknob and R-Design branding is blunderbussed around.

It’s telling that Volvo has whipped out the R-Design pack so early in the XC90’s life. Proof, if it were needed, that customer upgrade packages are an important profit centre nowadays; punters want to stand out and will happily pay handsomely for the privilege.

It’s a tactic that’s worked for BMW (M Sport), Audi (S Line) and Mercedes-Benz (AMG trimline). Now Volvo’s liberally offering on its range of hatchbacks and SUVs, too.

Read our review of the last Volvo XC90 R-Design here.

Article source: http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/News/Search-Results/First-Official-Pictures/Volvo-XC90-R-Design-2015-first-pictures/

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World’s First 3D Printed Car Took Years to Design, But Only 44 Hours to Print


One day, in the not-too-distant future, you’ll be able to walk into a car dealership, choose a design — including the number of seats — and have a 3D printed car by the end of the day.

This is Jay Rogers’ vision. Rogers is the CEO of Local Motors, the company that just built the world’s first 3D printed car known as the Strati. The electric, pint-sized two-seater was officially unveiled last week at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Illinois.

See also: In Good Taste: 3D Printing With Nutella

“Telsa made the electric drive train famous, we’re changing the whole car,” Rogers told Mashable, clearly still relishing his community-based design and his company’s moment in the 3D manufacturing sun.

According to Ford Motors, most cars have somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 parts. The Strati has just 49, including its 3D printed body (the largest part), plus more traditional components like the motor, wheels, seats and windshield. While many 3D printed car models exist, there haven’t been any other drivable ones that we could find.

Strati’s 3D-printed body.

Image: Local Motors

The original design for Strati, which means “layers” in Italian, did not bubble up directly from Local Motors. Rather, the company — similar to the inventions company Quirky — encourages members to share vehicle design ideas, which the community then works to perfect and productize. The finished products are then sold online and in retail stores by Local Motors.

Local Motors launched a project 18 months ago that sought to simplify the car design and manufacturing process through Direct Digital Manufacturing. When it put out the call for workable 3D printed car designs, it received more than 200 submissions, ultimately choosing a design by Michele Anoe, who is based in Italy.

Rogers said Anoe’s design stood out because it fit perfectly with Local Motors’ desired production technique, combining 3D printing and a subtractive machining.

Yet even with the design in hand, Local Motors spent the better part of a year finding a company that could print the first car. The eventual production partner, Oak Ridge Labs, found a company with the base of a large laser printer, which they retrofitted with a 3D extruder. The second half of the 3D production process took place in a separate Thermwood Corp. manufacturing routing machine, which refined the overall look of the car.

Printing the car took roughly 44 hours, and milling it to perfection took another full day. Local Motors then built the Strati over the course of four days at the IMTS.

“We probably could have done it in two days or less,” Rogers said — but they stretched it out for the show.

Printed in carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic or ABS, the finished Strati can drive at speeds up to 40 mph and can travel 120 miles on a single charge. It’s fine for a neighborhood jaunt, but is not yet allowed on highways. Rogers said there are plans to test the car extensively before selling it to customers or putting it on the freeway.

The Local Motors team builds the Strati 3D printed car.

Image: Local Motors

Auto manufacturers like Ford have been using 3D printing techniques for decades, but according to a company spokesperson, currently only uses the process for prototyping. (So far, there haven’t been any 3D printed parts in Ford vehicles.) Thus, the concept of building a vehicle almost entirely through the 3D printing process is likely intriguing to traditional car makers like Ford.

Although the Strati is just as expensive as a full-sized sedan, Rogers does not envision it as a luxury item. Instead, he believes it will be an affordable and highly customizable option that could be widely available by 2016 for between $18,000 and $34,000.

“It will be positioned like a car for the masses, or many different cars for the masses,” Rogers said.

Bonus: What Is 3D Printing and How Does It Work?

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Article source: http://mashable.com/2014/09/16/first-3d-printed-car/

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Why Le Mans car designers are turning to 3D printing


Printing in 3D has been described as the “future of manufacturing” and is increasingly being used to make everything from film props to food.

The technology is also being used to make parts for motor racing cars.

BBC Click spoke to Dan Walmsley, Team Principal at Strakka Racing about how the technology makes it faster and cheaper to test out their designs.

Watch more clips on the Click website. If you are in the UK you can watch the whole programme on BBC iPlayer.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29167884

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Arizona-based company builds 3-D printed car, drives at Chicago show


Several groups worked together to build a driveable 3-D printed car during the six-day International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.

In a press release, Chandler, Ariz.-based Local Motors called the 3-D printed Strati a first-of-its-kind concept car. Local Motors worked with the Association for Manufacturing Technology, Cincinnati Incorporated and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to 3-D print and rapidly assemble the car during the Sept. 8-13 event.

Engineers started out by 3-D printing the car using a process called Broad Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM).

Local Motors said it held a six-week challenge and received more than 200 entries from 30 different countries before chosing the Strati as the winning design. Michele Anoe of Italy submitted the Strati design, which calls for the car’s body to be 3-D printed in a single piece — an approximate 44-hour process.

The 3-D printed car is made from ABS plastic that has been infused with carbon fiber. Local Motors said it believes it is the first company to ever attempt to print both the body and chassis components of a vehicle together, although others have built cars before using a 3-D printing process.

After the vehicle was printed, Local Motors said it outfitted the car with mechanical components, such as motors, wiring, suspension and a battery.

For a finale, the completed Strati was showcased and then driven around the venue Saturday, but Local Motors said it could not drive the car around on city streets due to vehicle regulations.

You can see the steps on the Strati building process on Local Motors’ website.

Article source: http://ktar.com/265/1766488/3D-printed-car-built-driven-at-Chicago-manufacturing-show

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