Call for creativity at Toyota – the Japanese automotive manufacturer wants customers to express themselves by 3D printing body parts of their i-Road vehicle.
May 8, 2015: As part of their Open Road Project, Toyota will test 10 of their i-Road compact electro vehicles with 100 participants. The i-Road can travel up to 50 km on a single charge and is meant to be the ideal city vehicle, making it easy for you to find a convenient parking spot. Further, it can be charged from a standard 100V electrical outlet.
Toyota also aims to make the i-Road a personal mobility experience by supporting the use of custom 3D printed body parts. Project participants will be able to choose colours and surface designs for their vehicle.
Starting in July, project partners will provide valuable feedback for Toyota to improve the practicality and usability of the i-Road. The project will run for approximately a year.
July 7, 2015: Update – Rinkak to 3D print body parts for Toyota i-Road
Kabuku, the company behind the Japanese 3D printing marketplace Rinkak, has announced that it will provide the customised body parts for the Toyota i-Road project.
The project’s participants will be able to choose from different designs and colours to customise parts and have them 3D printed by Rinkak.