Winning cars of the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge (pictures)
Strati by Michele Anoé
The winning car has a sporty body and an accordion-pleated
retractable roof. Its body is a single block 3D printed in ABS around an
aluminium frame and roll cage, with carbon fibre supports on the front and
Greg Thomson's ISF is inspired by the bone structure of
birds' wings, and its frame is printed in a single piece, offering lightness,
durability and an aerodynamic form. "The ISF is a study in creating a new
generation of automobile that relies not on forms found within the conventional
manufacturing processes but is rather a design that results solely from shapes
that can only be created and produced through means of additive manufacturing
and 3D printing technologies," Thomson wrote.
Based on the concepts of aerodynamics, safety and
aesthetics, Aeroblade is 3D printed in one piece with a unique blade structure
that conducts the airflow through and around the vehicle. For an advanced
safety feature, designer Maghsoudi said, parallel sandwich blades are wrapped
around the cockpit to absorb impact.
This doorless sports vehicle was designed around the idea of
one swooping structure surrounding the car's occupants, with a central spine to
support the car. 3D printed ribs provide additional support, and the rest of the
car's body is intended to be 3D printed in separate pieces.
Smooth and sleek, this luxury car has no angles greater than
45 degrees -- with the exception of the wheelhouse. Creator Sebastian Dib even
printed up a scale prototype all of one piece, showing how the car provides
easy access to battery and engine through the wheelhouses and underneath.
"I got inspired from the supernovas, from one moment to another they
explode in a very aggressive way creating all the elements in the universe, the
gravity makes its work forming solar systems, and at the end everything find
its order," Dib wrote of his design.
Mirage is so named because, while it looks smooth and sleek,
beneath the surface of its body are complex structures that provide support, only achievable through 3D printing, including 3D printed crumple zones. "Utilising
multi-material printing, we are able to layer soft rubber-like material on top
of hard plastics to provide comfort and safety," designer Kai Y wrote. "We
looked toward nature for inspiration, by applying synthetic sharkskin texture
onto vital areas, aerodynamics is greatly improved. The MIRAGE is a culmination
of elements that work to provide not just technical performance, but also
elicits an emotional response from the user."
This tough little off-roader has been designed, creator
Xavier Gordillo said, to minimise material use while maximising strength. Its
frame is inspired by bones, with space in between. These holes -- as well as a
roof -- can be added to the vehicle when conditions demand, with other
detachable elements, such as the windshield and roof struts, inspired by