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3D 'printed' car that will last 30yrs!

autos Updated: Sep 24, 2011 22:42 IST

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The world's first 'printed' car, which has been made using a special printer that built up layer upon layer of bodywork, has finally rolled off the printing press.

'Urbee', which is claimed to last 30 years, was built using layers of ultra-thin composite that were slowly 'fused' to make it 3D in a process called 'additive layer manufacturing'.

“For us, this unveiling was quite a milestone,” the Daily Mail quoted project leader Jim Kor as saying.

The car, which uses eight times less energy than a similar vehicle, has a petrol and electric hybrid engine, which would help it control emissions.

The car, which took 15 years to make, has three wheels, two seats and a combustion engine in case of emergencies, and can reach 70mph due to its lightweight.

Initially the car is expected to cost up to 50,00 dollars, although the price should drop once it is mass-produced.