Oct.18, 2013

One day when Bertier of le Fabshop in Paris was stuck in traffic, he got an idea: if he had a 3D printer in his car, he could print something for his family on the way ... And that's how Bertier comes up with the idea: in future, all electric cars could be equipped with 3D printers.

In collaboration with the creative lab at Renault, Bertier 'created' this future: He transforms a Renault Zoe electric car into a mobile 3D print lab. The car is equipped with a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer. Bertier drove around Paris and on the cobblestones of Versailles with a print job, and the Replicator 2 did not flinch from his responsibility and did his job brilliantly. Watch the video below:

We believe that in a near future, cars will be electric, self-driven & equipped for advanced field operations. Your plumber will be able to produce spare-parts in his vehicle, some goods will be produced on demand in the delivery truck.


This the future, it starts now!

via: Designboom


Posted in 3D Printing Applications



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jd90 wrote at 10/19/2013 4:53:05 AM:

Give us less contrived benefits, especially to offset the the cost, modifications and space taken by the machine. It would be quicker to drive to the hardware store to get a part than wait for a 3D printer make a part that might not be as strong as a part made with typical manufacturing methods. There's a precious few critical car parts made of plastic that fit in the build volume of a machine you want to be hauling around in your service truck. Most parts are readily available from auto parts distribution, through the dealer or salvage yards. This is an attention getter, but little else as yet.

Tobias wrote at 10/18/2013 10:18:51 PM:

Good promo for a printshop.

Hubert wrote at 10/18/2013 8:06:39 PM:

How many cars have 2D printers now? None. I don't think this is going to take off, sorry.

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