World’s first ‘printed’ car rolled off the 3D printing press – and it actually works


Last updated at 10:54 PM on 23rd September 2011

The world’s first ‘printed’ car has finally rolled off the printing press.

The ‘Urbee’ was made using a special printer which built up layer upon layer of bodywork – almost as if the car was ‘painted’ into existence, except using layers of ultra-thin composite that are slowly ‘fused’ into a solid.

But unlike most ‘innovations’ in cars, this one won’t break down after 5 years – Urbee is built to last 30. Project leader Jim Kor, told MailOnline today: ‘For us, this unveiling was quite a milestone.

Built to last: The highly-durable material used in ‘additive layer manufacturing’ is said to last for 30 years

Underneath is a petrol and electric hybrid engine which helps make it one of the greenest cars in the world.

Experts have said the car uses eight times less energy than a similar vehicle and can go can go 200mpg on the motorway.

It also has a sleek, futuristic design which makes it look like a prop from a science fiction film like the Fifth Element.

The ‘printing’ process, however, it what has attracted so much attention: it was completely different to the normal way car manufacturers build a car, which is to bolt chunks of bodywork on where they need to go.

Engineers on the Urbee instead put layers of ultra thin composite material on top of each other so they become fused together to make it 3D in a process called ‘additive layer manufacturing’.

Kor says, ‘We are a small group of designers and engineers in Winnipeg trying to make a difference.

‘Making things this way could revolutionize how we produce things. It has certainly changed my way of thinking about manufacturing.

‘This process of 3-D printing turned into ‘digital manufacturing’ would change the way we replace parts within machines.’

The ‘printed’ car has drawn a lot of attention due to its unique production method

The Urbee, which took 15 years to make, has three wheels, two seats and a combustion engine in case of emergencies.

It can be charged for a few pence from a normal plug socket or from a small solar panel array or wind turbine.

The Urbee has a small single cylinder engine that generate a mere eight horsepower, yet it can go up to 70mph if necessary because it is so light and efficient.

Even driving around the city it can do 100mpg and Canadian firm Kor EcoLogic, which designed it, insists that it could become a viable runaround for normal people.

Project leader Jim Kor told the TEDxWinnipeg conference that the vehicle was amongst the greenest ever made.

He said the way it was printed ‘only puts material where one needs it’.

‘It is an additive process, building the part essentially one ‘molecule’ of material at a time, ultimately with no waste,’ he added.

Urbee, 3-D printed vehicle prototyle

The small engine of the Urbee may only be able to produce 8 horsepower, but the vehicle can still reach 70mph

‘This process can do many materials, and our goal would be to use fully-recycled materials.’

Although the prototype has finally been completed it will be some time before the Urbee is available to buy in car showrooms.

The team behind it still have to raise the money for a second prototype, which will be at least $1million (£610,000).

Even then it will cost up to $50,00 (£32,000) to buy new, although the price should drop if it is mass produced.

Other professions which have shown an interest in additive layer manufacturing including medicine with some suggestion that prosthetic body parts could eventually be ‘printed’ to the size and shape they are required.

via Urbee: The world’s first ‘printed’ car rolling off the 3D printing presses… | Mail Online.

“Occupy Wall Street”: Thousands March in NYC Financial District, Set Up Protest Encampment

September 19, 2011

Demonstrators are marching on Wall Street today on the third day of a campaign dubbed “Occupy Wall Street,” which began on Saturday when thousands gathered in New York City’s Financial District. Inspired by the massive public protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Madrid’s Puerta del Sol Square, hundreds have slept outside near Wall Street for the past two nights. We play a video report on the protest by Democracy Now!’s Sam Alcoff and get a live update from the streets from Nathan Schneider, editor of the blog “Waging Nonviolence.” We also speak with David Graeber, an anthropologist who participated in the activities. “If you look at who showed up [in Egypt and Spain], it was mostly young people, and most of them were people who had gone through the educational system, who were deeply in debt, and who found it completely impossible to get jobs,” says Graeber. “The system has completely failed them… If there’s going to be any kind of society worth living in, we’re going to have to create it ourselves.” [includes rush transcript]

via “Occupy Wall Street”: Thousands March in NYC Financial District, Set Up Protest Encampment.

» Fractional Reserve Poverty Reaches New High

September 13, 2011

According to the Census Bureau, nearly 1 out of 6 Americans now live in poverty. From the Associated Press today: The Census Bureau’s annual report released Tuesday offers a snapshot of the economic well-being of U.S. households for 2010, when joblessness hovered above 9 percent for a second year. It comes at a politically sensitive time for President Barack Obama, who has acknowledged in the midst of a re-election fight that the unemployment rate could persist at high levels through next year….

Measured by total numbers, the 46 million now living in poverty is the largest on record dating back to when the census began tracking poverty in 1959. Based on percentages, it tied the poverty level in 1993 and was the highest since 1983.

In fact, the real unemployment figure is 22.8%, according to John Williams’ Shadow Stats. During the last Great Depression, the unemployment rate peaked at 25 percent in 1933.

The current boss of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, has admitted that the Federal Reserve engineered the Great Depression and future Federal Reserve chairmans – if we don’t get rid of them – will probably admit the current Greatest Depression was created by the banksters.

Both unemployment and poverty are created by the fractional reserve system and its expansion of the money supply.

“Poverty can be caused by real economy, that is to say, by the lack of supply of real things,” writes economics professor Ahamed Kameel Mydin Meera.

It can also be caused by the monetary system. In a modern capitalist economy, the creation of abundance of money that accrues very unevenly in the hands of individuals can aggravate poverty. Milton Friedman, a well-known monetary economist, says that inflation is predominantly a monetary phenomenon. If this is the case, the worsening of the global poverty problem can be significantly pointed at the institutions that are responsible for the creation of fiat money.

In the United States, that institution – not federal, as claimed, but owned by a cartel of bankers – is the Federal Reserve.‪

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