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Plastics in the Automotive Industry Answered

This isn't an in-depth tech article or anything but it's interesting to realize just how much the auto industry runs on plastic:

http://www.paxonplastic.com/the-automotive-industry-welcomes-a-plastic-future/

I even read that a 3d printed car might be hitting the market as early as the end of this year. Not sure if that's just a rumor but it doesn't seem far off. 

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seanbell157

3 years ago

i disagree . I work for the company that makes the plastic used in this 3d printed car.

http://www.techmerpm.com/2015/03/10/techmer-pm-to-showcase-3-d-printed-shelby-cobra-at-npe2015-booth/

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verence

3 years ago

So? Have you been away from earth (or at least cars) for a long time? Go and have a seat in any modern car and you will be surrounded by plastic in every direction. The foam of the seats? Plastic. All that fabrics covering seats, ceiling, maybe doors and floor? Plastics. (Okay, not in very luxurious cars that use leather) The dashboard? The instruments? The levers for doors? Buttons? Air outlets? ... Plastic, plastic, plastic (it may not always look that way and sometimes isn't, but...)

3D printing is great for prototyping. But if you have to produce hundred thousands or even millions of one part, nothing can beat injection moulding. A completely printed car? Not in the near future.

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PlasticPanamaverence

Reply 3 years ago

Thanks for your polite response!

Yeah, i doubt we'll see anything as crazy as a 3d printed car in our lifetime. ohh, wait, what's this?

http://www.rapidreadytech.com/2015/07/local-motors-preps-road-ready-3d-printed-car/

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verencePlasticPanama

Reply 3 years ago

Well at the moment that's just some nice CGI of a (quite ugly IMHO) car.

But yes, might be possible to print a prototype. I was talking about mass production. Think automotive plants spitting out a car per minute.

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PlasticPanamaverence

Reply 3 years ago

It still seems manufacturing these for consumers is closer than you made out:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2015/07/03/3d-printed-car-local-motors-divergent-microfactories/29641571/