LOCI is a completely 3D printed vehicle concept from the BigRep, Berlin-based firm. Tires have also been printed making it special from the 3D printed vehicle work. However, it will not be on the roads soon. The LOCI is only a prototype at this level.
As stated by BigRep, it may point to the future where cars are made in huge 3D printing devices rather than the standard plants.
The biggest section in the car has the measurements of 1000 x 600 x 700 mm, completely printed in one part. Normal vehicle manufacture is a slow procedure, full firms have to be set to make a new vehicle.
However, wit 3D printing, the printer may switch the process and the pieces it’s printing immediately the designer uploads a fresh product design to the printer. “The vehicle consists of only 14 3D printed parts. The development, from an idea to a finished product, only took 12 weeks,” states Daniel Buening, Chief Innovation Officer BigRep.
It is not possible that the automotive sector will transform from the old manufacture models to additive manufacturing anytime soon. However, the BigRep states 3D printing might bring benefits to the sector in the future.
For instance, cars could be instantly customized.
Tall persons could purchase vehicles a bit more headspace in the cockpit. Also, individuals with disabilities could obtain vehicles that were matched to their needs.
According to Buening, it implies that you can plan and create faster. You may print pieces that you require on-demand.
“And you can also look at the sustainability aspect: moving spare parts around the world won’t be needed if you produce them locally in the factories instead of flying them across the world,” states Buening.
The various pieces in the LOCI vehicle have a Near Field Communication chips included directly in the pieces.
This implies that if a piece requires to be changed, an engineer may only point a smartphone at the piece and obtain every detail. This can be after that be sent to the 3D printer and extra pieces may be printed right away.
“What we have here is the so-called BigRep part of the DNA. With the help of NFC chips, it allows us to get information about the parts through a quick scan. At a later stage, in the production in the factory, it will allow the staff to scan the parts and get information about the parts in order to print them in one of our machines,” notes Buening.
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