British car maker Mini recently unveiled its Mini Electric Concept—a compact, all-electric version of its classic mini car. To bring the concept to life as a prototype, Mini turned to additive manufacturing as a solution.
The Mini Electric Cooper is styled after the classic Mini Cooper design, it sets itself apart with a set of 19-inch wheels, an asymmetrical detail on the radiator grille and an overall design that looks lighter and more aerodynamic. The use of 3D printing for prototyping a new vehicle speaks to the way that entirely new concepts may be created without restricting cost efficiency or the limitations of other machines and materials.
The Mini Electric Concept is set to be showcased at this year’s IAA Cars show in Frankfurt, Germany.
Mini Used 3D Printing to Realize the 'Mini Electric Concept'
1. Additive Manufacturing for Prototyping - The use of 3D printing for prototyping vehicles allows for the creation of entirely new concepts without cost efficiency or material limitations.
2. Compact Electric Cars - The Mini Electric Concept demonstrates the growing trend towards compact, all-electric vehicles.
3. Lightweight and Aerodynamic Design - The Mini Electric Concept features a design that looks lighter and more aerodynamic, reflecting the trend towards energy-efficient vehicles.
1. Automotive - The automotive industry can utilize additive manufacturing for prototyping new vehicle designs.
2. 3D Printing - The use of 3D printing in the automotive industry for prototyping vehicles is a disruptive innovation opportunity.
3. Electric Vehicles - The development of compact and all-electric vehicles presents opportunities for the electric vehicle industry to expand and innovate.