3D printing materials company Polymaker and X Electrical Vehicle Limited recently unveiled what they’re describing as the first mass-produced, 3D-printed car – the LSEV. At approximately 98” long, 51” wide and 59” high, the LSEV is smaller than the ultra-compact Mercedes-Benz-made Smart ForTwo vehicle.
The 992-pound LSEV is able to weigh in at less than half of most small vehicles by using 3D printing technologies to produce many of the vehicle’s 57 components – which, again, is significantly less than the approximately 2,000 parts found on similar vehicles. The chassis, seats, glass components, tires, and powertrain are not 3D printed, but basically, every other visible part is composed from enhanced nylon, polylactic acid, and thermoplastic polyurethane from Polymaker.
Including assembly, reports state that one LSEV can be produced every three days. While there are no current details related to the motor and batteries, Polymaker and XEV estimate a top speed of 43 mph and a 93-mile operating range for their electric vehicle. The company reportedly has standing orders for 7,000 of the vehicles – primarily destined for rural areas in Europe.
Customers will need to contact the factory directly to order the car, with the first models rolling off the printers in about a year. They’re estimated to cost $10,000, or less than half of the aforementioned Smart car.