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40 Auto Manufacturing Innovations

From Plant-Based Tires to Carbon Fiber SUVs

— November 2, 2016 — Autos
These auto manufacturing innovations range from carbon fiber SUVs to plant-based tire concepts that aim to reduce drivers' overall environmental impact. Other memorable examples include those that utilize 3D printing technology to create car parts that are functional, inexpensive and quick to make.

When examining 3D-printed vehicle applications, standouts include examples like engineer Eric Harell's Toyota 22RE engine -- a working model, made entirely of printed pieces -- along with Ford's use of 3E Rapid Prototyping technology when designing the headlights of its newest vehicles.

Other auto manufacturing innovations to take note of include AI co-created cars like the 'Hack Rod' concept vehicle as well as leather and fabric-covered roadsters that are conceived with a fashionable inspiration in mind.
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Tequila-Based Car Parts
Tequila-Based Car Parts
Ford Repurposes Waste Agave from Jose Cuervo Plantations to Build Cars
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AI Co-Created Cars
AI Co-Created Cars
'Hack Rod' is Creating a Next-Generation Car with the Help of AI Tech
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38
Plant-Based Tires
Plant-Based Tires
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is Set to Release a Tire Design Made from Shrubs
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37
Blue-Tinted Concept Cars
Blue-Tinted Concept Cars
The Chevrolet Blue Line Vehicles Feature Beautifully Tinted Windshields
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36
Carbon Fiber SUVs
Carbon Fiber SUVs
These Mansory 4x4 SUVs Feature Reinforced Structural Components
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35
Shatter-Proof Car Windshields
Shatter-Proof Car Windshields
The Ford GT is Equipped With Smartphone Gorilla Glass Windows
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34
Eco-Friendly Suspension Systems
Eco-Friendly Suspension Systems
This Audi System Harnesses Electricity For a Comfortable Ride
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33
Eye-Tracking Car Headlights
Eye-Tracking Car Headlights
The Vauxhall/Opel Smart Headlights Aim At Where The Driver is Looking
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32
Heat-Dispersing Engines
Heat-Dispersing Engines
This V-Twin Engine Offers Improved Power, Torque and Heat Dispersion
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31
Leather-Bound Compact Cars
Leather-Bound Compact Cars
Stefano Conticelli Fiat 500c Model Boasts a Fabric-Made Exterior
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30
Precision Vehicle Headlights
Precision Vehicle Headlights
These New Adaptive Headlights Feature 1,000 LEDs
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29
Headlight-Less Cars
Headlight-Less Cars
This Self-Driving Ford Fusion Hybrid Has Night Vision
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28
3D-Printed Automotive Skins
3D-Printed Automotive Skins
'Effect Skins' Offer a Way to Customize the Classic Daihatsu Copen
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27
Artfully Bespoke Automobiles
Artfully Bespoke Automobiles
Ioan Florea Puts a Spin on the Chevy Camaro Car with 3D-Printing
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26
Ultra-Lightweight Supercars
Ultra-Lightweight Supercars
The McLaren 675LT Will Debut At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show
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25
Computer-Connected Cars
Computer-Connected Cars
Subaru is Partnering with IBM Watson to Improve the EyeSight Driver Assist
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24
Noise-Cancelling Car Systems
Noise-Cancelling Car Systems
This Noise Control System Uses Sound Waves to Block Out Disractions
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23
Clamshell Concept Cars
Clamshell Concept Cars
The Renault Trezor's Roof Peels Away Like a Clamshell
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22
Drag-Reducing Concept Cars
Drag-Reducing Concept Cars
The Aero-P Car's Vacuum Suction Setup Keeps It On the Track
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21
Purifying Concept Cars
Purifying Concept Cars
The QClear Vehicle Cleans and Reduces Urban Air Pollution While it Drives
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20
3D-Printed Car Parts
3D-Printed Car Parts
The DeltaWing Race Car Engine Was Created with Additive Manufacturing
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19
Printed Automotive Wheels
Printed Automotive Wheels
BMW is Revving Up for the DTM with 3D-Printed Race Car Parts
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18
Shark Skin Sedan Concepts
Shark Skin Sedan Concepts
The Peugeot EXALT Uses a Mysterious Red Material Dubbed 'Shark Skin'
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17
AR-Display Concept Cars
AR-Display Concept Cars
The BMW Vision Next 100 Boasts a Futuristic Windshield
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3D-Printed Car Headlights
3D-Printed Car Headlights
3E Rapid Prototyping is Creating Printed Automotive Parts for Ford
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15
Carbon Fiber Supercars
Carbon Fiber Supercars
McLaren's MSO Carbon Series LT Cars Boast a Glossy Carbon Fiber Appearance
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14
Couture Car Interiors
Couture Car Interiors
Maserati and Zegna Collaborated to Create Stylish Car Seats
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13
Fashion-Inspired Autos
Fashion-Inspired Autos
The 'Rolls-Royce'Dawn-Inspired By Fashion' Follows Haute Couture's Palette
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12
Tailored Armored Vehicles
Tailored Armored Vehicles
Enigma Showcases Emerging Defense Technology for the Military
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11
Cruelty-Free Car Interiors
Cruelty-Free Car Interiors
Ferrari is Experimenting with Faux Leather Automotive Upholstery
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10
DIY Printed Dashboards
DIY Printed Dashboards
Redditor Sleepwhereweland Mends a Broken Car Radio with 3D-Printed Parts
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9
Scale Supercar Displays
Scale Supercar Displays
The Qing Yi Concept Supercar is Displayed at the Shanghai Disney Resort
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8
3D-Printed Car Transmissions
3D-Printed Car Transmissions
An Engineer Created This Working 5-Speed Transmission for a Toyota
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7
Urban Electric Cars
Urban Electric Cars
The Uniti Electric Car is Targeted Towards Short-Range Trips
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6
Fabric-Covered Electric Cars
Fabric-Covered Electric Cars
The Rimono Prototype Vehicle is a Battery-Powered Two-Seater
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5
Carbon Fiber Cars
Carbon Fiber Cars
Lamborghini is Changing the Rules of Auto Manufacturing with Carbon Fiber
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4
Armored Tornado-Chasing Vehicles
Armored Tornado-Chasing Vehicles
The Dorothy Storm Chase Vehicle is Prepared for Anything
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3
Dual Transportation Auto Concepts
Dual Transportation Auto Concepts
The Audi Connected Mobility Comes with an Electric Longboard
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2
Bulletproof Luxury Cars
Bulletproof Luxury Cars
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Guard Can Withstand a Bomb in Style
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1
3D-Printed Solar Cars
3D-Printed Solar Cars
Students at NTU Created a Futuristic Car Design with Additive Manufacturing
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