Is 3D Printing the Future of Cars?

JonathanDecember 17, 2014

EDAG Light Cocoon

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At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March, a company called EDAG Engineering are set to debut their 3D-printed, fabric wrapped concept car, and we think it looks absolutely beautiful.

The EDAG concept, known as the Light Cocoon, has been dubbed as a “bionically optimised vehicle” – inspired by the skeletal structure of a leaf, and build with a goal of truly lightweight construction.

The bionic structure of the car is set to revolutionise the way cars are built, as the 3D printing process eliminates the need for materials not needed for load bearing. “The result: the EDAG Light Cocoon presents a stable, branch-like structure from the 3D printer, which only uses material where it is absolutely necessary,” explained the head designer Johannes Barckmann.

The skin is a weatherproof Jack Wolfskin (outdoor clothing specialists) material called Texapore Softshell. This is designed to be extremely lightweight – claiming to be up to four times lighter than standard paper, whilst remaining highly durable (coats made of the same material boast being water & windproof while remaining comfortable and breathable). The real finishing touch to the car’s distinctive look comes from the yellow backlighting underneath, which clearly highlights the intricate skeleton and is certain to make this car an immediate head-turner.

The Light Cocoon builds on the success of the GENISIS model unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show:

The GENISIS took 3D printing technology use in the car industry to a new level, and the Light Cocoon is set to take it even further. And we can’t wait to see what happens.

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