Editorial of the Journal Times: The small “wows” and the big ones continue to amaze us | Editorial
A company that makes 3D units claims that the costs of building a house are 40% lower than a traditional house in California. This is an infant industry, of course, and it remains to be seen whether it will deliver on its promise and help tackle the housing shortage in the country.
History has made us wonder if industrial 3D printing has an impact on other industries – if printing houses can print cars?
The answer is yes. In fact, 3D printing has been used in the automotive industry for almost three decades. Ford Motor Co. was one of the first adapters. Currently, 3D printing is primarily used for rapid prototyping where it can cut test times from weeks to days – although some automakers are also using this technology to produce tooling and in some cases final parts. .
And, yes, some companies are in fact able to print parts for entire vehicles. Arizona-based Local Motors can print an entire mini-bus in about ten hours.
Italian car maker XEV is developing low-speed electric LSEV car using 3D printing. He says he can cut production costs by 70 percent and will start mass production this year. The Italian postal service, Post Italiane, last year ordered 5,000 customized vehicles for its operations.
Again, this is an infant industry. But the “wows” of progress – from vaccines to 3D printing applications in the home manufacturing and automotive industries – are testament to the surge of innovation that continues around us every day and the hard work of people. scientists, researchers, innovators and visionaries who are constantly finding solutions to the problems plaguing the world.