In 1963, Volkswagen had developed a ‘Beetle’ whose name said a lot about the design of the car. But the two versions of the beetle that followed had more things in common with the ladybug. Urbee as it means to urban electric vehicle equipped with ethanol backup.
The Urbee is the first 3D printed car in the world. And that‘s not all, the designers want to make her crossing the United States from San Francisco to New York – a distance of 4,600 kilometers – less than 44 hours while consuming on average 0.8 l / 100km
3D printing is a whole new way. It is often used to make prototypes. Everything from a numerical model.
3D printers work with the same principle as a desktop printer. But instead of ink, they are particles which are created by layer. . The body of Urbee Intermediate panels are also printed. Quite revolutionary.
3D printing is still very new, and mass production is not yet available. For each part of the body Urbee few hours printing is required. The original prototype was printed in 3D windows, but the current production model currently tinted by hand.
By definition, a car is not environmentally friendly. But Urbee comes close strong. The Urbeeestconçue to work uniquementsur energy renouvelables.L ‘3Destde façonplusrespectueuse print any of the environnementque ligned’assemblagede car manufacturing. Indeed, any loss of raw materials exists with the printer.