How 3D-Printing Changed Travel Forever

Posted Thursday, June 4th, 2015 by .

We’ve all been there. You need a new car and after seemingly endless research, polling friends, and searching the Internet for the latest consumer satisfaction reports, you finally decide what you want. It all seems fine and dandy until you find yourself face to face with a pushy salesman at the car lot, and it may be enough to prevent you from getting new wheels after all.

Thanks to innovative 3D-printing, getting your hands on transportation without the hassle of a pushy attendant might get easier down the road.

3D-Printed Motorcycles

If you were at Rapid 2015 in Long Beach, California, then you already know that it is possible to design a motorcycle using a computer, print it in plastic, add tires and a motor, and you and another rider weighing in for a total of 400 lbs. can take it for a spin! You’ll only go 15 mph, but it’s only a matter of time before 3D-printed motorcycles are the norm.

3D-Printed Cars

3D-printed cars are ready to celebrate their first birthday this summer, and in the past year, the automobile industry has been very busy. Ford has been leading the way in both technology and development. In fact, Ford purchased the first 3D Printer ever made way back in 1988- that’s a lot of years to perfect their craft! It’s likely that you might own a vehicle with 3D-printed parts very soon.

Non-Motorized 3D-Printed Transportation

If your preferred method of getting from point A to point B does not require a motor, there are other options. The Solid is touted as the bike you can use to discover a city, including handlebars that signal turns through buzzing. 3D-printed skateboards have been around for a couple of years, and of course, you can also print rollerblades.

With all this rapidly-evolving 3d-printing technology, car lots just might become obsolete.

Greg Gladman

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Greg Gladman has two degrees from the University of Cincinnati and prides himself on managing the operations and customer service at Ink Technologies. With a mind like a vault, he is full of useful and useless information, making him an asset to the company and to his Tuesday night trivia team. When he is not working, he spends his time bowling and playing golf. Greg dedicates much of his free time to raising money and awareness in support of the fight against blood cancers. You can find him on .

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