Students from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have built what may well be Asia's first 3D-printed automobile. The solar-electric hybrid NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the Urban Concept category at this year's Shell Eco-marathon Asia in the Philippines.
Mounted on a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, the body, internal trim and other components of the NV8 were assembled from 150 acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) parts in ivory and other colors printed on Stratasys Dimension Elite and Fortus 400MC 3D printers.
"We are extremely proud to have designed and assembled a 3D printed body shell for the electric car, which is Singapore's first and probably Asia's first 3D-printed concept car," said Associate Professor Ng Heong Wah, who mentored the team that developed and fabricated the NV8. "The 3D printed car body was pushing existing technology to the limits and we are so pleased that it has paid off."