Stratasys Ltd, Announce World's Greenest 3D Printer Car

Stratasys Ltd., a manufacturer of 3D printers and materials for personal use, prototyping and production, has today announced that the world’s greenest 3D printed car, the URBEE, will take centre stage at this years’ 3D Printshow in both London and Paris.

The exhibition will also feature a number of eye-catching Stratasys 3D printed models including collaborations with leading artist Dann Chetrit and designer Daniel Hilldrup, as well as the latest in Hollywood props presented by Jason Lopes, Lead Systems Engineer at Legacy Effects.

URBEE – on the road towards creating the ‘greenest’ 3D printed car

Created by a small team headed by Jim Kor, president and senior designer of KOR EcoLogic, the two-seater 3D printed vehicle is a world first. Unlike the hundreds of parts required in the average car, URBEE features large, intricate 3D printed parts – representing a significant milestone in the world of traditional assembly-line manufacturing.

URBEE features 40 large, intricate 3D printed parts.

URBEE, which stands for ‘urban electric’, can reach speeds of up to 70mph using a biofuel likened to 100 percent ethanol and outputs 290 miles to the gallon. The team's second vehicle, URBEE 2, is set to be completed in 2015 and will include 3D printed features such as windshield wipers and a fully functional, climate controlled interior.

“My passion has always been about sustainability,” says Kor. “With URBEE, our sole ambition was to create the world's most fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicle, and with the capabilities of Stratasys 3D printing, we believe we were able to bring this idea to a road-worthy reality. As such, I’m honoured to be part of the 3D Printshow and help raise further awareness of this technology and the impact it can have on the world of manufacturing.”

Legacy Effects – bringing creative vision and imagination to life on the big screen

Jason Lopes, Lead Systems Engineer for Legacy Effects, will give 3D Printshow visitors a behind-the-scenes tour into the world of 3D printed film props. From memorable movie characters and creatures to stunning cinematic props, animatronics and collectibles, Jason will reveal how Stratasys 3D printing technology is being used to conquer new creative frontiers in Hollywood.

Visitors can look forward to an up-close look at some of Lopes’ recent creations. From the instantly recognisable Iron Man suit to the attention-grabbing facial models used for Avatar’s Na’vi, 3D printing is revolutionizing both the way Legacy Effects works and in turn, the way movies are made.

“I’m thrilled to be attending the 3D Printshow and explain how 3D printing gives us the versatility to see our creative vision realised with zero compromise – so that what you see on screen is what you get delivered,” says Lopes. “Thanks to the use of Stratasys clear and rubber 3D printing materials, as well as the ability to make eleventh-hour changes to jobs, we’ve never had to turn a job down. This event will give visitors an exclusive chance to see some of these eye-catching works for the very first time in the UK.”

Dann Chetrit – wisdom in the womb

Widely-acclaimed French sculptor, Dann Chetrit, will also feature two human-inspired 3D printed sculptures at the show. “The human body is a source of strong emotions with an endless catalogue of feelings – it expresses everything, including what is unconscious,” says Chetrit.

One of Chetrit’s 3D printed pieces explores the idea that human life begins with a state of wisdom. 3D printed using Stratasys FDM technology, the sculpture, entitled ‘Wisdom’, features an open shell, allowing the audience to observe the peaceful foetus. The second piece, entitled ‘Legacy’, was 3D printed using Stratasys’ unique Connex multi-material 3D printing technology, enabling the sculptor to 3D print the transparent egg and main black rubber-like model simultaneously.

Daniel Hilldrup – 3D printed jewellery

UK designer, Daniel Hilldrup will preview two ‘one-off’ versions of future 3D printed products from his upcoming company, ‘Fearless Forms’. Hilldrup formed the company with the aim of offering affordable, unique and daring product designs for the style and design conscious.

Hilldrup’s Flexwear ‘Curls’ Eyewear, is a material-inspired, fully functional pair of 3D printed eyewear. Using Stratasys’ Connex multi-material 3D printing technology, the eyewear combines tiger stripes of both rubber-like and transparent material in a single print, with the rubber-like material acting as the frame hinges. “When designing the Flexwear ‘Curls’ Eyewear, I wanted to create something fun and stylish in one, seamless single part whilst utilising the different performance capabilities and colour of the Stratasys materials to hide and embed a working hinge,” explains Hilldrup.

Andy Middleton, Stratasys General Manager EMEA concludes: “Having such a wide-range of 3D printing applications on display at this years’ 3D Printshow further demonstrates the power of this technology and the limitless impact it can have on the design world. Stratasys is proud to be an enabler of such creativity across endless industries and all I can say to potential visitors is ‘Be prepared to be wowed!’”

The 3D Printshow opens at the London Design Centre, November 7-9th and at Carrousel Du Louvre in Paris, November 15-16th.

For more information about the show visit: http://3dprintshow.com/

Stratasys Ltd., headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and Rehovot, Israel, manufactures 3D printers and materials for prototyping and production. The company’s patented FDM® and PolyJet® processes produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape and the company operates the RedEye digital-manufacturing service. Stratasys has more than 1500 employees, holds over 500 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 20 awards for its technology and leadership.

Stratasys, Objet, PolyJet, FDM and Connex, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Stratasys Ltd. or its affiliates or subsidiaries. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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