While Local Motors is going the fun and interesting route with its 3D-printed cars, Honda is keen on helping with its 3D-printed car endeavors.
The Japanese automaker has teamed up with Kabuku, a company that uses digital fabrication in its design and development jobs, to create a 3D-printed car that could serve as an affordable small delivery vehicle and rolling advertisement.
Honda and Kabuku worked to create a solution for a local company called Toshimaya, which has its head office in Kamakura. The streets there are very narrow, yet the local homes need to receive deliveries. Using 3D printing, the companies created a cost-effective new car to fill Toshimaya's needs.
The total development time for this vehicle was just two months. The body panels are inexpensive and new ones can be printed when needed. Honda developed the chassis, and we assume that the automaker also sourced the electric powertrain and other components related to the mobility of the vehicle.
Kabuku used a process called Rinkak Mass Customization Solution, which is provides on-demand digital manufacturing for a wide range of products across a multitude of industries. A small vehicle like this is the perfect platform for such a system, and it's a great example of what can be accomplished with 3D printing.