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First 3D printed car

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Engineering group KOR EcoLogic has used Autodesk’s software solution for digital prototyping to design the first prototype car with a body created using a 3D printer. Using Autodesk partner Stratasys’ digital manufacturing service, the entire body was 3D printed with an additive process that involves printing layers of material on top of each other until a finished product appears.

The team behind the car, dubbed Urbee, used Autodesk Inventor software to design a 3D digital prototype of the body and subject it to simulated road and wind conditions. Different body designs were tested to minimise drag and reduce overall weight by eliminating excess parts. Photorealistic renderings of the Urbee were also created for marketing to potential investors, partners and the general public by using Autodesk Showcase 3D visualisation software.