Dutch students of the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences are building a 3D printed eco-car to enter in the 2014 Shell Eco-marathon this May.
The Shell Eco-marathon is an annual competition that aims to challenge student teams to design, develop, build, and ultimately test their “ultra-efficient cars.” While Zuyd University has participated five times before, this is the first time they will be using 3D printing technology to aid in the production process.
Using a desktop 3D printer, they are making the car’s parts such as the dashboard, steering wheel, mirrors, and handles. They will also be using 3D printed molds to make the carbon parts for the body of the car. The students have programmed each printer to print their specific designs, which will be printed in layers.
“The main goal is to make a car that is as sustainable as possible, and the energy consumption must be as low as possible,” says Professor Rob van Loevezijn of Zuyd University’s Faculty of Beta Sciences and Technology. … (Read more)