Monday, 31 March 2014 12:16

3D-Printed Concept Car at Geneva Auto Show

At the Geneva Auto Show, German automotive and aerospace engineering company EDAG unveiled the Genesis, a visionary concept for the future of automotive design.

Built using 3D printing, the Genesis is a complete auto body that could be produced by high-resolution fuse deposition modeling (FDM) machines in a single print run. According to EDAG, “Unlike other technologies, FDM makes it possible for components of almost any size to be produced, as there are no predetermined space requirements to pose any restrictions. Instead, the structures are generated by having robots apply thermoplastic materials...By introducing endless carbon fibers during the production process, it is also possible to achieve the required strength and stiffness values.”

Although the EDAG vision for automotive design is likely a decade or more away from realization, its introduction at the manufacturer-centric Geneva Motor Show represents another milestone for additive manufacturing and a clear vision for the future of safer, more economical automotive production.