3D printed cars are used to decrease turnaround time in making vehicles and to reduce operating costs. Volvo implemented 3D printing and has experienced positive results on its industrial supply chain. After using Stratasys 3D printing on Volvo Trucks the turnaround time has decreased to more than 94%. The time needed to design and manufacture specific metals reduced from 36 days to just two days. The future technology of 3D printing may allow us to one day walk into a car dealership choose the type of vehicle, negotiate a price, and then have a 3D printed car completed by the end of the day. High-end automakers such as Lamborghini and Bentley are developing 3D printed parts into their production models. The automotive industry has been the biggest adapter of 3D printing technology because it’s one of the mains drivers for future growth and evolution.
China printed its first car made by tech company Sanya Si Hai 3D Technology, Ltd. It unveiled an electric-powered two seat 3D-printed gold sedan called Tuhaojin. The “Golden Local Tyrant” can reach speeds up to 40 kilometers per hour. (24.85 mph) The design was longer than the assembly process taking a month to create but only five days to print. The total cost for Tuhaojin totaled 11,000 Yuan. (About $1,700 USD) The print was made from 500 kg of “Tyrant Gold”, consisting of low-cost composite materials, and distinct orange exterior. The Tuhaojin is the fastest 3D printed driveable vehicle that is powered by rechargeable batteries. Sanya Si Hai has plans to build more 3D cars for their future clients and previously printed a 35kg boat in August. The 50 part Tuhaojin may not look attractive but its completely electric powered.