Wait the headers are made of plastic? Or just cased in plastic?
They've printed full body panels for cars already. http://localmotors.com/3d-printed-car/#panel1c
I don't have a link to the article right now but they printed an electric car already. The printer was the size of a shipping container.
I made 3d printed plastic rear disc brake adaptors for my 4wd honda civic. if you search thingiverse it's there.it was my first time making something with autocad. I still have no idea what i'm doing. its just a miracle that it works.other than that, I think 3d printers are useless even though I own one. plastic is not that cheap. and quality does suck making anything small & complex.
Here's part of our intake freshly 3D printed
Sick! What material is that made from? I'm hoping to get into Assentworks sometime soon just to use their 3D scanner hehe.
I never even thought about this for automotive uses. Wonder how much it would cost to get a body kit made lol.
A hell of a lot right now. Something that fits in the palm of your hand could cost hundreds depending on the printer resolution (quality). It is still cheaper to just make molds. I'm sure once 3D printing becomes more mainstream we will see a decrease in price.
I find it pretty crazy how people are making full size cars with 3d printing down in the USA. I wonder how long it will take till we see something like that up here in mainstream. Also, now seeing that people are making reliable and driveable parts for vehicles (IE the turbo for the Koenigsegg) is really slick. Its only a matter of time before we see cars fully made by 3D Printing. (which could obviously take 25 years, but still would be cool to see in our generation)
"full size cars" is a subjective term. Most cars that have 3D printed body panels are usually 1-2 seaters and fairly small (think smart car). It's not a very mainstream process in the states as only a handful of cars have 3D printed panels.I agree though, it would be cool to be able to create a 3D car. Imagine how many "options" it opens up. If you didn't like a line or something you could get someone to adjust it and print it. Want your fenders wider? no problem just change up the design and bam.