Dutch students of the Zuyd university for Applied Sciences are working on a 3D printed eco-car to join the Shell Eco-marathon 2014 on May 15th until 18th. The team, called Euregiorunners, is among 19 teams in a competition consisting of 229 students from 26 countries. The big goal is to drive the furthest on the least energy and – we must say – we’re curious about how far 3D printing will bring them.
Eco-friendly cars run on batteries but should be offering the same results as any other car. However, the team is on quite a tight budget to create such an expensive car and 3D printing seems to be the solution to their problems. In a video by Shell, team member Kenny Stingers describes how such car is made:
“We are going to 3D print a car on the basis of big blocks. We can 3D print them entirely. Once we have printed out 200 blocks, we’re going to stick them together and cover them up with carbon. After erasing the blocks, the car would have been made. The inside of the dashboard will fully be 3D printed as well as the steering wheel, the wing mirrors and other components in the car.”
The team has used as many as ten Ultimaker 3D printers, which were provided by the company itself. The printers enabled the students to do their work in a relatively short period of time.
Image credits: Euregiorunners.