Soon, printing out actual, drivable cars through 3D printing will be a possibility, thanks to China. Reportedly, the Asian powerhouse is working on developing giant 3D printers that will be capable of printing out metal objects up to 18 feet long.
Also, its production material will include metals too and will not just be limited to plastic, meaning that practically any full-sized automobile would be printable through it.
News of such a powerful machine came out last November when a Chinese company, Southern Fan Co, informed the media of its plans before setting an unveiling date in February 2014.
China already claims to possess the world’s largest 3D printer, which is capable of printing objects with diameters as wide as 1.8 meters, but it is nothing compared to the one in the pipeline, if reports are to be believed.
The recent surge of Chinese interest in laser sintering technologies is a result of growing fears that their notoriously cheap labor market might suffer, if (or when) 3D printing takes over the industrial markets in future. Hence, in order to maintain its edge in the market, Beijing is investing heavily in this particular area, and the forthcoming 3D printer would be a fruit of that.