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LSEV was exhibited at the China 3D Printing Cultural Museum in Shanghai by the Chinese company Polymaker and by the Italian electric carmaker XEV.

LSEV is the name of the first mass-produced 3D-printed electric car. It is a result of the partnership between Polymaker, a 3D printing material Chinese company, and XEV, an Italian electric carmaker. LSEV shall start being produced in the second quarter 2019 and was recently shown off at the 3D Printing Cultural Museum in Shanghai, China. Unlike a regular printer, the 3D printer is an equipment capable of printing parts with volume – hence three-dimensional – using plastic filaments.

XEV is not the first carmaker to use 3D printing to make a vehicle, other makers, however, such as Local Motors, only make a small number of cars using this technology. Now, along with Polymaker, the Italy-based carmaker will be able to make the LSEV in large scales.

Fast Development

Thanks to 3D printing, the development time of a car has been shortened compared to the three to five years it takes a vehicle to be produced using the traditional method. Companies project that the development of a new 3D-printed electric car will take only 3 to 12 months, at least three times faster than the traditional way.

In addition, all visible parts of the car are made with the technology, except the chassis, seats and glass. Out of curiosity: there are only 57 distinct parts in the LSEV as compared to more than 2 thousand parts in a traditional car. Such reduction, according to a statement from Polymaker, decreased 70% in costs.

That is, the car is ready three times faster and costs 70% less than traditional vehicles. With only 450 kg, the LSEV already has 7 thousand units ordered, 5 thousand for Poste Italianne, the Italian postal service provider, and the other 2 thousand for a vehicle leasing company called ARVAL. The LSEV costs about US$ 10 thousand, approximately R$ 35 thousand.

What about you, would you like to have one?

Content published in March 28, 2018

What Braskem is doing about it?

Braskem develops research and partnerships for the development of plastic resins for 3D printing. One of the projects is the partnership with Made In Space, a leading US company in the development of 3D printers for operation in zero gravity and a supplier to NASA. In this initiative, called Printing the Future, Braskem helped the man take another important step in bringing the 3D printing and the Green Plastic, made of sugar cane, to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2016.

In addition: the second step of Printing the Future will be held this year when a plastic recycler will be sent to our International Space Station (ISS) and will transform every plastic waste of the station into a filament to be used in the 3D printer. Therefore, Braskem and Made In Space will promote the first commercial plastic recycling operation in the history of space missions.

After the arrival in space of I’m greenTM plastic for the 3D printing of tools, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) now may start using, by 2018, a recycler of plastic objects and packaging that would improve the autonomy and sustainability of future missions beyond our planet.

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