A further advantage of 3D printing in this application is that it allows the manufacturer to greatly reduce the number of parts used, and therefore reduce the environmental impact of car production. In this particular case the number of plastic parts was just 57, compared to the 2,000 it would have taken if conventional manufacturing methods were used.
The prototype of the LSEV has a claimed range of 93 miles on a single charge, a top speed of 43 mph, and it weighs-in at just 450 kg, which is around half the weight of a Smart Fortwo. The car is currently on display at Shanghai’s China 3D-printing Culture Museum and will be making an appearance at the Beijing motor show next month.
It took just three days to produce the prototype, XEV intends to build around 500 of them each year on a single production line, and when it goes on sale in late 2019 (probably in China first) it’s thought it will sell for the equivalent of around $10,000.
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Author Relaxnews (AFP)