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They seem like future technology, but 3D printers have been used to create multiple product and concepts in the last few years. Dozens of products have been carved from 3D printers, and now two companies are collaborating on a completely 3D-printed car called the Urbee.
Kor Ecologic Inc. and Stratasys are hoping to Urbee can achieve 200 mpg on the highway, and 100 mpg in the city.
The fabrication of parts on 3D printers is not limited to producing plastic pieces. Some printers can even cut metal using a method called Electron Beam Melting, the process of melting metal powder layer per layer with an electron beam in a high vacuum.
It is not known what parts of the car will be plastic or metal. Kor Ecologic is hoping to keep its sleek, low-profile Urbee affordable as well; it's aiming for a price between $18,000 and $21,000.
Even if Urbee is in its beginning stages, and will likely never see completion, Kor Ecologic and Stratasys are pioneering automotive design. These 3D printers may pave the future of hardening automotive design, allowing quick, efficient mock-ups to be produced and tweaked without the higher costs of a full-scale model.