Mass 3D car printing will soon begin in ChinaSeptember 2, 2018
Chinese entrepreneurs decided to put on stream production of cars manufactured using modern 3D printing technologies. At the first stage of production, the future plant will only print body parts for new electric cars.
On the eve it became known that the company WE Solutions and Hong Kong billionaire Li Kashin, representing the company Shanghai Alliance Investment, intend to build a unique plant for the production of cars. A feature of the new enterprise will be the technology of 3D printing in the production of cars. According to preliminary information, the new company will build electric cars with printed bodies. The target audience will be corporate garages and taxi parks.
“The electric vehicle market in China is going through a turning point, there is a big increase in demand for electric cars, and the Chinese government is introducing additional incentives for the manufacturers of these machines,” says the head of WE Solutions Ho Kinfang.
According to him, it remains not so long to wait for cars with conventional engines to disappear from the city roads. And the market of electric cars will become not only the fastest growing, but also the largest, in this lies the reason that the company entered into it.
At the moment, it is planned to build a single plant, with a maximum capacity of up to 10,000 cars per year. Production of the first cars with “printed” bodies will begin no earlier than the end of 2019. Now cars will undergo comprehensive crash tests, and refine the design of the bodies.
A special feature of the new enterprise will be the use of a completely new technology presented by the American startup Divergent 3D. “This will be the first fully-fledged plant in Asia, where they will begin to produce vehicle designs through 3D printing,” said Divergent CEO Kevin Chingger. The company plans to continue to grant licenses to automakers to use their technologies for printing car bodies.
Unfortunately, there is not even a preliminary concept or pre-series prototype. Therefore, the technical characteristics and design remain unknown, as is the provisional cost of such cars.