Aachen University Uses 3D Printing for Electric Car Production

Aachen University Uses 3D Printing for Electric Car Production

Aachen University has the worlds largest multi-material 3D printer from Stratasys, the Objet1000, with the ability to produce parts combining hard and soft materials, all in a single build.

The fully-functional prototype of StreetScooter C16 electric car was developed in just 12 months by replacing traditional automotive manufacturing processes with Stratasys 3D printing throughout the design phase.

Aachen University has the worlds largest multi-material 3D printer from Stratasys, the Objet1000, with the ability to produce parts combining hard and soft materials, all in a single build.

Stratasys Ltd, a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced it will feature the paradigm-breaking StreetScooter C16, an electric production vehicle available for under 10,000, on its stand at EuroMold, 25-28 November, Frankfurt, Germany.

Using revolutionary design and production methods, the StreetScooter project was developed by the Production of Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) of Aachen University.(1)The company StreetScooter was founded in 2010 with the goal of developing an electric car that rivalled conventional vehicles on price with realistic performance, safety and sustainability. While specifications vary from model to model, a StreetScooter C16 is expected to typically weigh 450 kg (1000 lbs) excl. battery, has a range of min. 100km (80 miles) and delivers a top speed of 100km/h (60mph), making it an ideal city vehicle.

Representing a new breed of car, the Short Distance Vehicle was built using the large format Objet1000 Multi-material 3D Production System for all its exterior plastic parts, including the large front and back panels, door panels, bumper systems, side skirts, wheel arches, lamp masks, and a few interior components such as the retainer instrument board and a host of smaller components. Parts were 3D printed using Stratasys tough Digital ABS material, enabling the engineering team to build a prototype car that could perform in strenuous testing environments to the same level as a vehicle made of traditionally manufactured parts.

Throughout the development of the StreetScooter C16, the Objet1000 3D Production System was used for making prototype parts, as well as end-use manufactured parts and production tools in the final development stages. The 3D Production Systems huge 1000 x 800 x 500mm (39.3 x 31.4 x 19.5in) build tray gave it the ability to 3D print the full range of components up to a meter in length.

Source: 3D Inside Printing

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