Polymaker in cooperation with XEV has announced their first mass-producible 3D-printed electric car. Polymaker is a 3D printing material company, while XEV is an Italy-based electric car company, together they create affordable, small electric car that could change automotive manufacturing industry with 3D printing technology. The car is named as LSEV, it could be the milestone product in the adoption of 3D printing into mainstream production.
Dr. Luo Xiaofan, CEO of Polymaker, explains that this is the real mass production with 3D printing, at this moment, there is no other company that can really compare to XEV in terms of size, scale, and intensity. In order to reach this target, it requires mass customization production, cost effective R&D, and of course the ability to produce lighter-weight parts that heal for great fuel efficiency. Polymaker has done a great job in engineering dozens of kinds of plastics for XEV in order to meet their needs of practical applications. XEV is able to decrease the plastic parts and several components in a car from 2,000 to 57, making finished LSEV electric car weighs only 450kg.
Besides chassis, seats, and glass, all other visible parts of LSEV car are made from Polymaker materials through 3D printing. This also leads to dramatically reduced investment cost compared to traditional production system. It is planned that the company would start its production in the second quarter of 2019, each car unit costs for only $7,500. This two-seater car is expected to reach a maximum speed of 70 kilometres per hour with a range of 150km. We are really curious with the safety features of this car, hopefully we can have more updates in the future.