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10 Real 3D Printing Projects

A Car

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.

  • mister g
    How many here saw the picture next to the link and clicked it? Not trying to be sexist but honestly how many?
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  • Tomsguiderachel
    mister gHow many here saw the picture next to the link and clicked it? Not trying to be sexist but honestly how many?Hi There, glad I got you to click. The bikini is a design to be printed on a 3D printer. Amazing, right? I'm sure that's why the organization behind the technology put up a youtube video about the bikini, specifically. Whatever it takes to get people interested in new tech!

    Rachel Rosmarin
    Managing Editor, Tom's Guide
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  • mister g
    At least this page allows comments, unlike in Tom's Style. I also think 3-d printing is pretty cool, but I got to this page from a little box on Toms Hardware showing articles from sister sites. Keep up the good work though!
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  • CaedenV
    Man 3D printing has come such a long way! Growing up my dad worked for a recently bankrupt 3D scanning company (great product, poor managers). He would bring home different busts and objects that they messed with on the computer and 'printed' with various types of 3D printers. The best I saw at the time was a mill that actually whittled down a block of wood or styrofoam. The worst were the old level-by-level printers that showed obvious lines between the tiers. But nothing was nearly so smooth and seamless as many of these examples.
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  • distanted
    I came for the altoid bikini, I stayed for the bone replacement project...that is simply amazing. The plane design concept is pretty cool, too. Hopefully their bikini project turns out better than my Mentos bikini and diet coke pool concept.
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  • nickallen1984
    For more info about 3D printing and see if you can get something printed for free have a look at www.3dprint-uk.co.uk - it is a very helpful and friendly site with masses of great info! They were really helpful with my project!
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  • mrmaia
    3d Printing is home industry! Can't wait to see how it will develop over time.
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  • back_by_demand
    So that's how they made Leeloo Dallas!
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  • DSpider
    back_by_demandSo that's how they made Leeloo Dallas!Fifth Element.

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  • JonnyDough
    The chocolate is pretty precise, but it seems as though it could get much more detailed and accurate. Perhaps they need to print it using more viscous (runny) "ink" and apply less at a time.
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