The 3D-printed Shelby Cobra represents automotive technology at its finest. Built at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Manufacturing and Demonstration Facility, the Shelby Cobra replica demonstrates the power of modern additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping technology, and 3D printing. Check out their video of the making of the 3D Printed Shelby Cobra at the UT Orange and White Game.
Completed in only six weeks, and with parts printed in only 24 hours, this well-made 1965 Shelby replica contains 500 lb. of 3D-printed products, 20% of which is carbon fiber reinforced ABS material. These 3D-printed parts include the shell, the support frame, the passenger monocoque, the grille, and the headrest brackets. Produced by contributors like ORNL, TruDesign, and Malibu Customz, the 3D-printed Shelby Cobra isn’t just proof that there’s more than one way to make a car– it’s the future of improving manufacturing solutions in the automotive industry.
Created to advanced automotive design, testing, and technology, the 3D-printed Shelby Cobra is an example of a full-scale, fully functional “rolling laboratory.” With this technology, car designers can test and enhance automotive technologies in real-time, and with the ability to quickly print a working vehicle, manufacturers will begin to innovate at rapid rates.
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