For now they are not more than two electric cars powered by solar energy which will participate in the race Shell Eco-Marathon Asia, an Asian competition among students that must compete in a race with vehicles designed and built by themselves, and where all aspects of the vehicle distance are judged that are capable of touring, consumption, maximum speed and design. But looking to the future, 3D printing and the electric car are called to understand very well.
Responsible for these two cars are students from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which have employed a 3D printer to convert into real up to 150 pieces that he had previously designed on their computers. With a base of carbon fiber, his first vehicle has been called NV8, two-seat model with four wheels and that would be according to its creators in the category of urban electric car capable of reaching up to 60 km per hour.
The second model is more experimental and will participate in other parallel category of Shell’s career. It is called NTU Venture (NV) 9, and in this case, in addition to being made from printed parts in three dimensions, include a system on the front wheels to take curves closed almost without need to reduce speed and stability.
Printing and Assembly of vehicles has led to these students three months of work, and one of its main objectives was to become the first creators of an electric car in Asia that printed it in three dimensions.