Electric printed the 3D-printer, put "on the production line" this year
Cars have long ceased to be a means to a la "brought me from point A to point B, burning gasoline on the road", it is now proving ground for testing innovative technologies. Cars can now drive on electricity to come on call in the smartphone application and steer without a human behind the wheel yourself. And soon they still the 3D-printer will print.
Not long ago, the two companies announced LSEV release, a small electric vehicle, each visible component of which is printed the 3D-printer. In addition to the chassis, seats and windows. Small machine "three and a half" like a Smart Car, but even smaller.
LSEV - is the brainchild of the Shanghai producer of materials for Polymaker 3D-printers and Italian startups producing electric vehicles, XEV. Vehicle reportedly can accelerate to 80 kilometers per hour, and held up to 150 kilometers on a single battery charge. The relatively low speed means that LSEV will be good only for intracity movement. The Italian post office has already ordered 5,000 EVs LSEV for distribution of mail and parcels. Another 2,000 vehicles already ordered ARVAL, a company leasing vehicles owned by BNB Paribas French banking group.
Although LSEV not the first 3D-printed car in history - American company Local Motors and Divergent 3D ahead of Italian-Shanghai group - it is first come into mass production.
LSEV production will begin in late 2018 and the first deliveries of the Europeans will begin in mid-2019 at a price of 10 000 dollars per copy. Manufacture of parts and assembly takes three days. Production of a conventional car, by the way, takes approximately 30-35 hours, but this is only the beginning. But LSEV consists of 57 parts, while conventional car contains about 20 000 pieces (counting each bolt).
Not far off is the time when the 3D-printer will print the whole city.