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Finding Really Tight Parking Spaces Also Part Of Promotion

Toyota's i-Road electric concept vehicle contest includes a chance to 3D-print panels.

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At the Geneva Motor Show this year EDAG Engineering showed off its Genesis Cockpit concept. Built with a 3D printing technique called "fused deposition modeling," it was a skeletal passenger cell suspended inside a protective shell. At next year's Geneva show EDAG will present another take on the natural forms combined with 3D printing with its Light Cocoon concept (click the image to enlarge).

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The folks from Local Motors seem like the kind of people you just want to sit down with to talk about cars for hours. They seem to have such a diverse set of influences, whether they are building offroad sport trucks like the Rally Fighter or an electrically assisted drift trike like the Verrado. The company's latest project is to build a 3D-printed car, and to make it harder, it wants to complete the vehicle in just five days at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, IL, in

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We've heard of EV kit cars that can take a week (or an hour) to build, but how long do you think it would take to build an EV from scratch, using this new-fangled 3D-printing technology? If the technology from Local Motors works as advertised, it should take no more than the five days. The public will get to see for ourselves during this year's International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, IL in September. Two years ago, at the 2012 International Manufacturing Technology Show, Local Mo

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Is your beloved in love with the new 2015 Ford Mustang? Do they like chocolate (that's a trick question – everyone likes chocolate)? Are they a bit of a futurist? Then this Hallmark holiday, you need to get them this Ford Mustang, 3D-printed in sweet, delicious chocolate.

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Futurists have been treating 3D printing like it is the second coming of the Industrial Revolution for years. Everyone will have a 3D printer in their garage and be able make practically anything at home before you know it, right? Well... not quite.

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Two brothers are trying to get their lightweight, 3D-printed car all the way across the country using about the same amount of gas that it takes to get a Hummer across Los Angeles County. With their dog, no less.

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We head to Dearborn, Mich. for a glimpse behind the scenes at Ford's Research and Innovation Center. Here you'll find groundbreaking technologies like Virttex, a 360-degree, high-resolution driving simulator atop a massive hydraulic base. We also check out F3T, Ford's freeform fabrication technology that can turn sheet metal into a car part in a matter of hours.

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Artist Ioan Florea has encapsulated a 1971 Ford Torino with 3-D-printed liquid metal transferred onto the car using technology that he developed, and the result is a stunningly shiny, seamless design.

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Three-dimensional printing is being touted as the Next Big Thing, although at present the products have been on the smaller end. An ambitious man in New Zealand isn't letting that stop him, though. Engadget came up with the original story, and the subject is something we can totally get behind: a 1961 Aston Martin DB4.

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Vehicles with manual transmissions have been equipped with shift indicators (illuminated or audible) for decades. While some are used to improve performance, most are designed to encourage more fuel-efficient driving. Regardless of the original objective, nearly all drivers become desensitized or learn to ignore the illuminated lights and arrows after just a few short hours behind the wheel.

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In the late 1990s, Nintendo bundled a controller attachment known as the Rumble Pak with their popular Star Fox 64 video game. The motorized accessory attempted to mimic the onscreen action through physical controller feedback, and we'll admit that slamming into an asteroid after being instructed to "do a barrel roll!" carried a bit more impact with the Rumble Pak.

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This is a spoiler alert: stop reading now if you haven't seen Skyfall and don't want to know anything about it.

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Formula Group T, a group of Belgian engineering students, is all about racing. The intent behind its latest creation, the Areion (named for a mythological horse that's both immortal and fast), is to change the game in the Formula Student series.

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Think of it as a giant printer than can bend auto-body parts ... and a concept that pretty much bends the mind.

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If you haven't taken a second lift your head and look around, we have news for you: we live in the future. This is a world where we can bark orders into a small handheld device and instantly get answers. One where we can sketch up a design on a computer, press print and a machine will carve it out in exacting detail as many times as we like. Now someone has figured out how to scale-down 3D printing to create even smaller designs. How small? How about a 1 centimeter-long plastic car with function

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This week's episode of TRANSLOGIC takes a behind the scenes look at General Motors' rapid prototyping lab in Warren, MI where machines literally grow car parts. Using advanced 3D modeling software and laser beams to fabricate physical objects sounds a bit complicated, so you might be surprised to know that there's actually more than one way to print a part. GM's facilities make use of two different rapid prototyping processes: stereolithography (SLA) and selective laser sintering (SLS). Both us

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