April 10, 2014 AT 3:00 am

Ultimaker Pitches in 3D Printers to Help Zuyd University Compete in Shell Eco-marathon with 3D Printed Car (VIDEO) #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Ultimaker Pitches in 3D Printers to Help Zuyd University Compete in Shell Eco-marathon with 3D Printed Car:

Geldermalsen, the Netherlands, 9 April 2014 – Zuyd University of Applied Sciences is participating in the 2014 Shell Eco-marathon with a car for which 3D printing technology has been used in the production process. The Shell Eco-marathon is an annual competition that aims to challenge student teams to develop, build and test ultra-efficient cars.

Zuyd University is participating for the fifth time, but it is the first time that 3D printing technology is being used during the production process. A desktop 3D printer makes car parts like the dashboard, steering wheel, mirrors and handles. On top of that, 220 molds are printed to make the carbon fibre parts for the body of the car.

Ultimaker supports the Zuyd University team with ten Ultimaker Original 3D printers to make the printing as fast and efficient as possible.

“The main goal is to make a car that is as sustainable as possible, and the energy consumption must be as low as possible,“ says Professor Rob van Loevezijn of Zuyd University’s Faculty of Beta Sciences and Technology. 3D printing has been chosen because this technology is budget and environmentally friendly. The PLA plastics used in the 3D printer are environmentally friendly and biodegradable. Making the molds with a 3D printer is also a lot faster than making the traditional wooden molds….

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