The technology of 3D printing may not be able to produce a real, drivable vehicle, but thanks to Honda, people can now print miniature versions of the Japanese company’s concept cars themselves.
What Honda has done here is that it has made data from old concept models available as downloadable files on its new website called “Honda 3D Design Archives.” It means those who own 3D printers can simply download the file and have plastic replicas of Honda’s cars in their hands within minutes, or however long their printer takes to print it.
For the time being, Honda has put up five concept cars on the said website but could add more to than collection in future. The current available models are the 1994 FSR, 1999 Fuya-Jo, 2003 Kiwami, 2007 Puyo, and the Acura NSX concept.
The move comes as part of Honda’s new public relations campaign called the “art of manufacturing,” through which the automaker intends to attract future car designers and engineers. The 3D print models’ online availability, according to Honda, would also bring customers closer to the company and give them a feel of the manufacturing procedure.
Maybe someday, when they have perfected the whole 3D printing thing, actual car sales will take place this way. Download the print file, press Ctrl+P and a brand new Honda is right there next to your 3D printer.
Well, until that happens, take a look at where 3D printing car technology is right now: