BMW Worked on a 3D Printable Concept Vehicle for the Serengiti

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BMW’s recent focus on their so-called EfficientDynamics philosophy has one specific goal behind it: sustainable development. The Germans, like most manufacturers these days, realized that solutions must be found outside the conventional so that the concept of affordable mobility isn’t lost in the future.
In this regard, they joined forces with a Swedish designer by the name of Erik Melldahl and created a more than impressive concept vehicle that goes by the name of Maasaica. The car would be 3D printable and has some really futuristic ideas infused in it that make it extremely interesting for the long run.

Its design would allow companies to assemble it locally in one of the Serengeti, one of Africa’s seven natural wonders. However, you need not worry about the pollution it would bring about as Erik proposed it to be manufactured out of degradable materials that dissolve back into the environment.

The main body is degradable, made of a mixture of mycelium mushrooms and grass that are actually grown on top of a 3D printed structure. The growing process could take just a few days. Together, the materials and organic matter would create a solid, strong, light-body vehicle.

Of course, such a vehicle wouldn’t be used only for mobility purposes. As the Serengiti isn’t know as the most humid place on Earth, the car would also be capable of collecting water via a special membrane on the car’s surface by means of fog. Solar panels would also use the sunlight to store and use energy.

“I am imagining that in the future, factories will not just produce one kind of product,” Melldahl told “It will be a range of things from house parts, clothes, food, electronics and cars. And when the technology gets cheaper there will be local factories with 3D printing farms.”

“As a customer/user you will bring your manufacturing drawing/blueprint or computer file, and just order what you want. Therefore the factories themselves will not be owned by BMW, so materials and the manufacturing are local,” he added.

Of course, such a car is not feasible today and it won’t be for a couple of years but the advancements in 3D Printing and possibly the drop in printing costs could turn it into reality later on.
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