3D Printed Classic Shelby Replica – ( Solar Thermal Magazine)
If the concept of the world moving to clean energy and electric transportation is not futuristic enough for you, then consider the possibility of 3D printing your own electric car, motorcycle or even solar boat after picking the design from an online catalog. Amazing right? Science fiction right? Wrong…
The future is Today.
This 50th anniversary Shelby Cobra was printed at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory using the BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) machine and is intended as a “plug-and-play” laboratory on wheels.
US Energy Secretary test drives 3D printed Shelby
The electric vehicle will allow research and development of integrated components to be tested and enhanced in real time, improving the use of sustainable, digital manufacturing solutions in the automotive industry.
Test driving the 3D printed electric Shelby Cobra
In this very short video we see a smiling US Department of Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz test driving the convertible Shelby Cobra to experience its innovative features first-hand.
The overall project was supported by the Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and Vehicle Technologies Office.
Here is another video from the DOE on the 3D process itself.
About Gordon Smith Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.