US Department of Energy

3D Printing a Classic


Source: US Department of Energy

The team from the Oak Ridge Manufacturing Demonstration Facility is at the Detroit Auto Show this week to display their latest accomplishment: a 3D-printed, electric-motor driven, Shelby Cobra. In just six weeks, the team went from designing the car in digital models, to 3D printing the frame and other parts with fiber-reinforced composite material, to assembling, finishing, and painting the final product.

President Obama and Vice President Biden recently took a close look at the car before announcing the latest Manufacturing Innovation Institute which will focus on furthering advanced composite materials and applications like this one.

Watch the ORNL video, 3D Printed Shelby Cobra, to see how the team created the prototype car and find out what it means for rapid innovation in U.S. manufacturing.

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