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The 3D-Printed Urbee 2 Hybrid Car is Light, Strong, and Nearing Production
Inhabitat.com ^ | 03/03/13 | Morgana Matus

Posted on 03/03/2013 6:34:52 PM PST by Kevmo

The 3D-Printed Urbee 2 Hybrid Car is Light, Strong, and Nearing Production

by Morgana Matus, 03/03/13

Nothing says “Welcome to the Future” like a 3D-printed runabout vehicle with a hybrid engine, three wheels, speeds of up to 110 mph, and capacity to carry up to 1,200 lbs. The Urbee 2 is the result of Jim Kor’s dream for a modern, sustainable vehicle that will someday revolutionize the way that we commute. The exterior’s lightweight construction of ABS plastic allows for a minimum amount of drag and fuel required to operate the car, and it’s stronger and more easily manipulated than steel. Able to hold two passengers, the Urbee could very well be the next big thing in urban transportation.


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KEYWORDS: 3dprinting; business; technology; transportation
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See also at http://phys.org/news/2013-02-kor-ecologic-urbee-car-d.html
1 posted on 03/03/2013 6:35:04 PM PST by Kevmo
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To: AFPhys; AD from SpringBay; ADemocratNoMore; aimhigh; AnalogReigns; archy; ArrogantBustard; ...

3-D Printer ping!


2 posted on 03/03/2013 6:39:09 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: null and void

For the 3D printing ping list


3 posted on 03/03/2013 6:39:21 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: AFPhys; AD from SpringBay; ADemocratNoMore; aimhigh; AnalogReigns; archy; ArrogantBustard; ...

3-D Printer ping!


4 posted on 03/03/2013 6:39:58 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: Kevmo

You’re surrounded...


5 posted on 03/03/2013 6:41:30 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: null and void

Here’s the PhysOrg article.

Kor Ecologic Urbee 2 car will move from 3-D printer to road

February 28, 2013 by Nancy Owano Enlarge (Phys.org)

—Let’s put it simply. An engineer named Jim Kor is printing, as in building, a car. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, car visionary is responsible for the Urbee 2, being readied for the road, intended eventually as an about-town car, with three wheels, and built for two passengers. It looks like a big, shiny red bug cruising down the road. Interest grows in its means of production and implications for car manufacturing in the future. google_protectAndRun(”render_ads.js::google_render_ad”, google_handleError, google_render_ad);Ads by GoogleThe Honda Fit EV - 100% Electric. Not a drop of gas. Learn more at the Official Site. - www.Honda.com If printing cars develop, conventional manufacturing plants might operate aside very small “cottage” plants deploying lights-out manufacturing. Kor’s company, Kor Ecologic, is responsible for the Urbee 2, described as strong as steel yet lightweight. (The motto for the company is “Reasonable Design.”) By using 3-D printing, there is a special focus on lightness but strength; he is creating large pieces with varied thicknesses. The Urbee’s car body will be assembled from about 50 separate parts. The team’s practice is to take small part from a big car and make them into single large pieces. The less pieces, the less car weight. The lighter the car, the more miles per gallon. The less spaces between parts and the Urbee becomes the more aerodynamic. The teardrop-shaped car has a curb weight of 1,200 pounds. The bumper, which is made in two pieces, required 300 hours to finish. The entire car takes about 2,500 hours. jwplayer(”VIDpreview10390”).setup({ id: ‘player10390’, skin: “http://cdn.physorg.com/tmpl/v3/mediaplayer/skins/bekle.zip";, image: “”, height: 375, width: 500, ‘logo.file’: “http://cdn.physorg.com/tmpl/v3/mediaplayer/watermark.png";, ‘logo.position’ : “top-left”, plugins: {”gapro-1”: { accountid: “UA-73855-14”, idstring: “VID: 10390” } }, allowscriptaccess: “always”, modes: [ {type: “flash”, src: “http://cdn.physorg.com/tmpl/v3/mediaplayer/player.swf";, config: {file: “http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=FOh_m9pPvDo";} }, {type: “html5”, config: {file: “”} } ] }); The printing process to make the car is called Fused Deposition Modeling. (FDM), where one lays down thin layers (0.04 mm) of melted plastic filament. The FDM approach enables tight control by the designer, who is able to add thickness and rigidity to special sections. (Kor likes to compare the fender of a future Urbee with a bird bone. As shown in a cross section of a bird bone, he said there is bone only where the bird needs strength, and the FDM process can replicate a bird bone.) Kor has been printing the body pieces at RedEye, a business unit of Stratasys, which uses 3-D printers to produce on-demand parts and prototypes. Kor Ecologic has drawn up specific design ideals that are applied to the Urbee car project..A few of them are highlighted here. “Use the least amount of energy possible for every kilometer traveled. Cause as little pollution as possible during manufacturing, operation and recycling of the car. Use materials available as close as possible to where the car is built. Use materials that can be recycled again and again…. Be simple to understand, build, and repair. Be as safe as possible to drive. Be affordable.” Kor does not have a high-priced toy in mind but rather an economy car. He has received orders for 14 cars. Most of the orders are from those involved in designing the car. Kor is presently planning to make one car and to drive it, when it is ready, with a partner, from San Francisco to New York City. They hope to do it on ten gallons of gas; Kor would prefer to use pure ethanol. They will try to prove without argument that they did the drive with existing traffic. More information: www.stratasys.com/Resources/Case-Studies/Automotive-FDM-Technology-Case-Studies/Urbee.aspx www.urbee.net/home/

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-02-kor-ecologic-urbee-car-d.html#jCp


6 posted on 03/03/2013 6:41:30 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Kevmo

7 posted on 03/03/2013 6:43:58 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: Kevmo
don't think i want to ride 110mph in anything with only three wheels... specially when it's made of plastic!!!
8 posted on 03/03/2013 6:44:56 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Kevmo

I hope they ran it through spell check before they hit print.

Typos would be costly.


9 posted on 03/03/2013 6:45:16 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: null and void

Back to bubble cars, eh? Cousin Itt would be proud.


10 posted on 03/03/2013 6:48:38 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Kevmo

If the 2500 hour number in the story is not a misprint, that means it takes 104 days nonstop to generate the body?


11 posted on 03/03/2013 6:50:55 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Kevmo

FDM and 3D printing in general is a rapid prototyping tool. Anyone who thinks we will see low-cost parts and products make by 3D printing will need to start by printing off a time machine. Sure the process will become faster but as Scotty famously said “ye canna break the lawsa physics!”


12 posted on 03/03/2013 6:51:24 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Kevmo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQh56geU0X8


13 posted on 03/03/2013 6:53:10 PM PST by Stosh
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To: Chode

If you look at the pic of the internals, it’s got quite a massive tube frame chassis and roll cage which makes the 1200 lb weight seem dubious.

Also 10 hp is pretty weak, even with e-assist for acceleration.


14 posted on 03/03/2013 6:54:05 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation

It’s a start. It is a bit of a disruptive technology, for firearms and soon cars. Eventually with an open-source approach and a cottage industry, cars like this project would overtake the current industry within 15 years.


15 posted on 03/03/2013 6:59:12 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Chode

One cannot choose how one will die, but for me it won’t be in that death trap.


16 posted on 03/03/2013 6:59:45 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Olog-hai

Three wheels are fun. The Morgan 3 wheel from the 1930s was both fun and fast—especially the super sport. I would like to see a return to these small fast fun cars—mileage was great. It used a two cylinder motorcycle engine.


17 posted on 03/03/2013 7:00:02 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Kevmo

Three wheels means that it can be licensed as a motorcycle. I would love one.


18 posted on 03/03/2013 7:00:38 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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To: Kevmo

"Phony baloney plastic banana good time rock n roll"

19 posted on 03/03/2013 7:01:37 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Stosh

Hilarious video. What a piece of junk.


20 posted on 03/03/2013 7:12:46 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: bigbob

All this discussion of building things using printers has me confused. I always thought 3D printing was for rapid prototyping, not production. It’s pretty time consuming to lay down 40 micron layers. Time machine, indeed...but it might be easier to accelerate these printers to 0.99999C.


21 posted on 03/03/2013 7:16:19 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Kevmo

Interesting. Thanks for posting.


22 posted on 03/03/2013 7:16:28 PM PST by PGalt
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To: bigbob

How do we know he isn’t the fellow who invented it?


23 posted on 03/03/2013 7:17:33 PM PST by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Morgan is still in business and makes both three and four-wheel cars.


24 posted on 03/03/2013 7:20:59 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

They still make them:

http://www.morgan3wheeler.co.uk/home.html

A review:

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/convertibles/1208_2013_morgan_3_wheeler_first_drive/

According to the Wikipedia page, they have a US spec model, too.


25 posted on 03/03/2013 7:21:52 PM PST by FLAMING DEATH (I'm not racist - I hate Biden too!)
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To: Kevmo

It needs a satin interior. They can just use it as your coffin after you take it on the highway


26 posted on 03/03/2013 7:22:53 PM PST by Figment
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To: Kevmo
the car uses a three-wheel chassis.
The two front wheels are driven and
the single-rear wheel does the steering.

the most famous use of this wheel configuration was
Richard Buckminster (Bucky) Fuller’s Dymaxion car of 1933


27 posted on 03/03/2013 7:23:14 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: Kevmo
three wheels

Uhhh, we have a design problem. I have been on 3 wheel motor cycles and they are not stable. 110 MPH on 3 wheels, not only no, but H/NO.

28 posted on 03/03/2013 7:23:35 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Chode

You beat me too it. But we agree.

I should have read all the posts before I commented. My bad habit.


29 posted on 03/03/2013 7:26:24 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: nascarnation
yeah, something doesn't add up here
30 posted on 03/03/2013 7:28:55 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Three wheels means that it can be licensed as a motorcycle.

Yup, it's gonna need a helmet (in most states)

31 posted on 03/03/2013 7:29:01 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: Venturer
100%
32 posted on 03/03/2013 7:31:42 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: HangnJudge
the picture in #6 is an odd angle but it looks like the rear has two wheels judging from how close to the outside of the car the one showing is and none show in the front, or is it a different car altogether
33 posted on 03/03/2013 7:36:55 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: FLAMING DEATH

Had never seen the Morgan 3. I looked at your link. It has a single rear wheel and the weight distribution is forward. It is possible that it might actually skid without turning over.

The 3D printed car has a single front wheel and I would never ride in one. Not safe.


34 posted on 03/03/2013 7:37:13 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Figment

I remember saying similar things about Honda N600’s, which is what the Honda Civic was based on. We used to say it looked like 2 motorcycles stuck together. Nowadays, millions of americans drive around in Hondas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_Life


35 posted on 03/03/2013 7:43:37 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Olog-hai
Cousin It-mobile (Messershmitt KR200) but the correct color should be white.


36 posted on 03/03/2013 7:44:41 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Chode

That is the front of the car.


37 posted on 03/03/2013 7:45:21 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: nascarnation

If they can eventually get around to mass production, it will probably take about the same time that it currently takes to produce a vehicle.

The advantage that 3D printing might have is that there could be significant savings in transporting only the raw material, instead of having to transport parts.


38 posted on 03/03/2013 7:46:41 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Three-wheel vehicles are unstable when the single wheel is in front. Where there are two wheels in front, and one in the back, they are very reasonably stable.

Check the Can-am Spyder.


39 posted on 03/03/2013 7:50:32 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: TLI
not according to the blue one...

40 posted on 03/03/2013 7:52:12 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: nascarnation
I'd take the world's slowest Porsche instead!



Video of the intro and test drive on the test track.
Driven in traffic.
Video of how it is made.
41 posted on 03/03/2013 7:56:58 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jonty30
http://lefthandedcyclist.blogspot.com/2012/01/bucky-and-urbee.html


42 posted on 03/03/2013 7:57:21 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: Jonty30

Pretty neat. Weight far forward, 2 wheels in the front. Appears a pretty stable design. But it is a motor cycle.

2 wheel motor cycles are pretty safe on dry pavement. If the idiots driving cars make allowances for them.


43 posted on 03/03/2013 7:58:24 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: TLI
OK... they are two different cars or models then
44 posted on 03/03/2013 8:03:04 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Kevmo

Anytime you see the words “sustainable “ and “vehicle “ in the same sentence, you can almost guarantee the rest of the text was written by some crackpot.


45 posted on 03/03/2013 8:04:21 PM PST by bolobaby
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To: Kevmo

Anytime you see the words “sustainable “ and “vehicle “ in the same sentence, you can almost guarantee the rest of the text was written by some crackpot.


46 posted on 03/03/2013 8:04:43 PM PST by bolobaby
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To: bolobaby

Maybe they could make it out of shrink wrap. Heat it up and it shrinks to casket size.


47 posted on 03/03/2013 8:25:20 PM PST by oldasrocks (They should lock all of you up and only let out us properly medicated people.)
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To: Chode

I’m guessing that he went with three wheels to avoid having to meet safety standards for cars- a 3-wheeler is technically a motorcycle.


48 posted on 03/03/2013 8:28:01 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: bolobaby

Well, then, maybe you can take it up to the rest of these crackpots over at wikipedia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_transport


49 posted on 03/03/2013 8:30:36 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Squawk 8888
brilliant!!! none of those pesky front and side impact tests with crash test dummies to deal with...
50 posted on 03/03/2013 8:40:49 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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