3D printed electric car LSEV received 7,000 pre-orders
An Italian based car company “XEV” has developed the 3D printed electric car model LSEV, receiving 7000 units of orders during the pre-order stage. Their clients includes Italian National Post Service and the car rental company ARVAL backed by the Bank of Paris. Large number of pre-orders and renowned clients attracted major automative parts manufacture Nemak to work and invest with them.
The major outer covers and interior parts of LSEV are manufactured using 3d printing technologies (FDM), making it the first car in the world that utilizes 3D printing technology to manufacture the entire vehicle. The company plan to make small production run towards the end of year 2018.
The size of LSEV is about the same to the “Smart Car”. The design is quite modern and slick with a little futuristic touch, especially with the C shape on the side doors and large area of glass used on the vehicle. It can seat 2 people and is ideal to ride in the crowded city with heavy traffic and narrow parking spaces.
Printing Time of Major Auto Parts
- Top ceiling: 12 hours
- Top side cover: 29.5 hours
- Dashboard: 18 hours
- Bumper: 8 hours
- Front rectifier board: 12 hours
- Front fender: 16 hours
- Side bumper: 12 hours
- Side fence: 12 hours
- Back fender: 29 hours
- Side door: 17 hours
Core Values of XEV
Freedom of Customization
3D printing technology together with modular designs allows customers to deeply involve with the design of the appearance of automobile. Just like customizing your Nike shoes online, you should be able to customize your own vehicle.
2. Lean manufacturing
Additive manufacturing process is able to reduce the total number of automobile parts by 90%.
White traditional auto manufacturing would take 31 months and 350 millions to release a new model, 3D printing could help to cut down the process to 12 months and total investment to 30millions.
Pre-order from Major Clients
According to Italian Post Service, LSEV will be used the as the “Last-Mile” vehicle for delivery. The compact design of the vehicle allows the car to be drove and parked in narrow streets. The single car seat leaves more space for storage. Driver’s seat with increased height makes it convenient for drivers to get on and off the car.