Putting a 3D printer in the back of a car might not be that revolutionary, but considering what kind of power that could put into the hands of various service people? Now that’s getting interesting. From plumbers to electricians and even general contractors, the ability to have on-demand part production on-site could rapidly speed up the repair or presentation process and put an end to any “we’ve gotta wait for the part to come in” headaches. French digital fabrication shop leFabShop teamed up with automaker Renault to explore what having a 3D printer in a driving car might be like, and could a 3D part feasibly be printed while driving on bumpy roads? Here’s an interesting user experience scenario that gives a peak at what printing on the way to a client presentation might look like in the (very near) future.
The Mobile 3D-Printing Lab Experience
Final CAD adjustments
Export STL File
Reminder! Gotta Leave Now!
Load STL file on to SD Card
Out the Door!
Load SD Card into In-Dash Reader
Start Car (and 3D Printer)
Off to a Great Start!
Cruisin’…Did I Load up the ‘Get Pumped’ Playlist?
A Wonderful Day for a Drive to the Countryside!
Pulling in to Parking Lot…5 Minutes Until Go Time
Alright, Let’s Grab This Print!
Not Too Shabby!
One Last Review…
… and Off to Presentation!
And here’s a closer look at that print:
(Images via leFabShop)