When 3D printers started to come down in size and price the internet saw an explosion of innovative people printing out all kinds of things; even weapons! However a group of earth conscious enterprising Canadians decided to think a little bigger. Koreco Logic, headed by Jim Kor recently built an electric ethanol hybrid car called the “UrBee”. The UrBee is a three-wheeled vehicle with two electric motors and an ethanol fueled range-extender engine.
The purpose of the UrBee is to eventually become “the world’s greenest car.” That’s great and all but the really cool part about the UrBee is that all of its exterior body panels have been 3D printed! I know that some might think such a car would be dangerous to drive but under the 3D printed panels is a metal tube frame to keep the driver safe from collisions.
Jim Kor is already starting work on a UrBee 2 which would have even more of its parts 3D printed. Can you imagine a time when it might be possible to print out a car? Crazy! For more on Jim and the UrBee check out the two videos below.
Jim Kor TED Talk: