The automotive industry is not only considered to be an early adopter of additive manufacturing but increasingly relies on 3D printing for the production of electric cars. The most recent example is the new concept car Lightyear One by Dutch manufacturer Lightyear.
Together with the dutch service provider DiManEx, more than 60 interior parts were printed for the futuristic car. The five-passenger vehicle with a range of up to 800 km can be charged with a simple 230 V socket and a five-square-meter solar panel on the hood and roof. The manufacturer estimates to reach an additional range of 15 to 20 km by using solar energy under good weather conditions.
The vehicle not only serves the manufacturer as a design concept but also as an example of a successful collaboration between 3D printing suppliers and manufacturers. The installed parts have been delivered after 4 to 10 days. The Lightyear One will be produced next year and is available for € 149.000.