Electric car doubles as 3D printing lab

The Le Fabshop crew in Paris recently worked with Renault to transform an ordinary electric car into a mobile 3D printing lab.

Equipped with an Atmel-powered Maker Bot Replicator 2, the concept envisions a future where delivery and service vehicles will have a 3D printer installed to produce spare parts on-the-go or at a specific job site.

As the folks at DesignBoom note, the video above shows the EV demonstrating a print job – driving around Paris and on the cobblestones of Versailles, all without interfering with the printing process.

In other 3D printing news, the MakerBot Thingiverse team recently announced the launch of its mobile application – the Thingverse iOS app which allows Makers to more easily explore the world of 3D printing.

“While you’re on the go, you can now like items, add them to your collections, and quickly share them to your social networks or email,” the MakerBot Thingiverse team explained.


“Since the app makes uploading to Thingiverse so easy, it’s simpler than ever to share images of your prints. You can update your profile and cover images from your phone too.”

Interested in learning more about the Atmel-powered MakerBot? You can check out the 3D printer’s official product page here.

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