When will we start to see 3D printed cars?

The real value behind 3D printing is what some refer to as “distributed manufacturing“, the idea that we no longer have to build everything at a single centralized factory but instead we can build at multiple decentralized locations. In addition to saving on transport and shipping costs, another value-add is that of flexibility. Imagine a world someday where you go down to your Toyota dealership to buy one of these:

Not only do you get to choose the color and options for the above vehicle, but now you can choose from the following:

  • 12 unique exhaust tips printed from 3 different metals alloys
  • 7 Front grill options
  • 5 Rear spoiler options
  • 13 different rim choices

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