The Electric Dream Of Le Mans
Never before has a fully electric car completed the 24 hours of Le Mans. According to the InMotion student team, this must change, which is why they presented their prototype today, which is due to take part in the ultimate stress test for cars in 2023.
To realize a prototype of the electric car, a large scale 3D printer was much needed. With the help of the Builder Extreme 1500 at Lay3rs 3D printing in Eindhoven and a second Extreme 1500 at Builder 3D Printers HQ, the student team was able to build a prototype within several weeks. In total 15 parts have been 3D printed on the Builder Extreme in PLA. Huge parts as the nose wing and rear wings were 3D printed in PLA with a 0.8 mm nozzle. With a layer height of 0.4 – 0.6 mm, the parts were ready within days and were ready for post processing. Some parts, like the nose wing, have been cut into 2 pieces. Not because the printer was too small, but to use as little material as possible and print these parts on an efficient way. The parts were glued together and sanded and painted to look like a car that just left the showroom.
This is a perfect example how large scale 3D printing can benefit the automotive industry. By 3D printing large parts, the production time and costs of an prototype can be reduced significantly. Would you like to follow the product of InMotion? Visit their website: https://www.inmotion.tue.nl/.