Ideas are limitless with 3D printing technology
3D printing technology is getting more advanced and more sophisticated everyday. That coupled with the recent rendition of the supercapacitor, it really seems we are quite possibly on the cusp of something great, and maybe the next majorly and globally beneficial era since the internet revolution.
Here we have a car made from 3D printing technology that is stronger than steel and weighs half as much. This coupled with mass produced graphene could absolutely change the world. Graphene is carbon based and 100% environmentally friendly. It has too many applications to list, but people seem to be pretty excited about this supercapacitor thing. I won’t explain the others, my tiny brain can’t understand half of them anyway.
Picture an assembly line not that isn’t made up of robotic arms spewing sparks to weld heavy steel, but a warehouse of plastic-spraying printers producing light, cheap and highly efficient automobiles.
If Jim Kor’s dream is realized, that’s exactly how the next generation of urban runabouts will be produced. His creation is called the Urbee 2 and it could revolutionize parts manufacturing while creating a cottage industry of small-batch automakers intent on challenging the status quo.
Urbee’s approach to maximum miles per gallon starts with lightweight construction – something that 3-D printing is particularly well suited for. The designers were able to focus more on the optimal automobile physics, rather than working to install a hyper efficient motor in a heavy steel-body automobile. As the Urbee shows, making a car with this technology has a slew of beneficial side effects.
So what does all this mean to most of us regular folk at the present? Nothing much just yet. But neither did the internet in 1990.