By Axios staff, Nov. 11, 2019The Mini-van, the first car to be created from scratch using 3D printing, is coming to Midland.
It was developed with the assistance of 3D-printing specialist Shapeways.
The Mini is a 3-wheeler with a 3.6-meter (13-foot) wheelbase, and it has a powertrain of two electric motors and a diesel engine.
The Mini is one of the first cars to be built from scratch.
It will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in late September.
The 3D model of the Mini was created using Shapeways’ Open 3D software, which can print almost any object, according to the company.
The program can create a 3d model in just minutes.
“The software can create nearly any object in the Shapeways library, such as the original Mini, a mini van, a small house, a golf course, and more,” Shapeways said in a statement.
“3D printing can create objects with a variety of different shapes, colors, and sizes.”
Shapeways will offer a full range of 3-D printing services to businesses, such like interior design, to homeowners and businesses that want to create their own custom models, such a homes, offices, and schools.”3D Printing is just getting started, but it will be a huge opportunity for the industry to learn and grow in a fast-paced environment,” said Shapeways CEO and founder Steve Smedley.
“The platform is being used by a variety and diverse industries, including home design, aerospace, and automotive.
We are excited to have Shapeways help make this platform the best-in-class 3D printers.”
The Mini, which will be sold in the United States and Canada, is made from the materials used in traditional manufacturing.
It features a unique design and unique materials that make it uniquely suited for Midland, the company said.
The model features a full-size windshield, and the interior is covered with an acrylic panel, which allows for a wide range of customization options.
“We’re thrilled to be able to help make the Mini the best 3D printed vehicle in Midland,” said Midland Mayor Bill Jones.
“We will be taking part in the next iteration of the Midland Metro Rail System, and I’m excited to see how the Mini can help shape that future.
We need the help.”