3D Printed Car Accessories: The Future of Cars?

How do you feel about 3D printing? It’s a growing industry and one with a lot of potential, but 3D-printed car accessories? Yep, it’s a growing trend and it’s something we’re bound to see a lot more of in the years to come. In fact, some creative types have already printed entire cars using 3D printers!


 

Like all new things, this had to start somewhere, and not surprisingly, Honda has been the leader in this new direction for the car industry. From printed concept models to car parts, Honda’s been busy as you’ll see in this video.

While it’s interesting to see the big car companies making a splash into 3D printing, it’s always more interesting to see what the average Joe can come up with. In this video, you’ll see a fully functioning model of a Toyota engine, created entirely with a 3D printer!

Not to be left behind, North American manufacturers are getting in on the act as well. In this next video, Ford suggests that 3D printing is a big part of its future plans. You’ll be stunned by some of the applications it’s talking about using this technology for. If you’re not comfortable driving a car with 3D printed parts, you’d better get over it in a hurry.

If you build it they will come, right? If you don’t get the movie reference, it’s okay – it’s an old one. I’ll give you a hint: Field of Dreams. The question is, does it really apply to 3D printed car parts?
You might be thinking, there’s no way I’m trusting my life to something created with a 3D printer, but guess what? You couldn’t be more wrong.

These parts are often stronger than the original, or at the very least, they allow companies to test parts that are much cheaper to produce. Here we see parts being made out of carbon fiber and nylon, and believe me, they’re built to last.

There’s nothing more frustrating for the auto enthusiast working on a classic car than running into the neverending challenge of trying to find parts for their vintage project. It’s doubtful you’ll find a much more appropriate application for the use of a 3D printer in the auto industry than in the attempted restoration of classic cars with hard to find parts. 3D printing to the rescue – at least that’s how this guy sees it anyway, and we agree.

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