A state laboratory USA was responsible for the realization of a replica of an Shelby made with the technique 3D printing. Use electric motor and accelerates from 0-100 km / h in 5 seconds.
A glance looks like a Shelby Cobra replica like many others, but the image you see is here much more than that. This is a car made using the technique of 3D printing from concept to finished product, after a few six weeks of work .
This replica serves to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the product, but mainly to show the capabilities of BAAM [1.99903 million] (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) technology that gives automakers an alternative the clay modeling techniques helping to shape pieces of carbon fiber, plastic or metal. And that is precisely the technology that gave life to this Shelby .
Using 3D printing and in just six weeks the Shelby Cobra was achieved.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the one who was in charge of the entire project, using plastic reinforced with carbon fiber for the manufacture of some of the car parts.
The chassis, body, grille and even the headrests were manufactured by 3D printer, achieving a car that works like any other.
Of course, the body had to be finished by hand using sandpaper to shape and achieve impeccable appearance of the final model . All the components of the vehicle were printed in just 24 hours , but however this time does not include the engine, which due to their complexity could not be achieved using this technique.
This is why we used a engine power 100 kilowatts, making a final product of only 635 kilograms , which can accelerate 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in less than 5 seconds , which will make both the absence of a V8 engine was not surprised.
But what is interesting is to see how has been the production process , which is explained by its creators in the video attached below.