With all the talk of fuel economy and solar powered cars, perhaps one of the biggest reductions in automotive costs will be in manufacturing. Stratasys and Kor Ecologic released, or better, printed Urbee in October of 2010. Urbee was the first car to have its entire body—including his rather futuristic glass panels—created by 3D printers.
3D printing allows the engineers to create Urbee “with optimal efficiency and precision,” says Juan Lopez, a mechanical engineer working on Urbee. So not only is Urbee cool looking but he’s fuel efficient, getting 200 miles per gallon on the highway and about 100 miles per gallon in the city, according to the team designing Urbee.