3D Printed Parts Put Finishing Touches on Concept Car

Having invented the technology for the world’s first electric hyper car, how did this underdog ensure he stood out amidst the biggest car brands in the world? Well, firstly he teamed up with well-known designers Adriano Mudri and Goran Popovic. Then he collaborated with Materialise to top off the sleek and sporty design with 3D printed parts that didn’t fail to turn heads.

“We worked hard on the technology of this new concept but I knew that presentation was the key to initially gaining the attention of the media and the car industry,” says Mate Rimac, founder of Rimac Automobili. “That’s why I turned to the experts who could give it an aesthetic appeal.” He was right. Certainly one of the most unexpected cars in the show, the Concept_One was also undeniably one of the stars.

3D Printed Parts Put Finishing Touches on Concept&nsp;Car

Having invented the technology for the world’s first electric hyper car, how did this underdog ensure he stood out amidst the biggest car brands in the world? Well, firstly he teamed up with well-known designers Adriano Mudri and Goran Popovic. Then he collaborated with Materialise to top off the sleek and sporty design with 3D printed parts that didn’t fail to turn&nsp;heads.

“We worked hard on the technology of this new concept but I knew that presentation was the key to initially gaining the attention of the media and the car industry,” says Mate Rimac, founder of Rimac Automobili. “That’s why I turned to the experts who could give it an aesthetic appeal.” He was right. Certainly one of the most unexpected cars in the show, the Concept_One was also undeniably one of the&nsp;stars.

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Materialise certainly helped give the Concept_One the wow factor that Rimac was after. Even though time was of the essence as the show was quickly approaching, all parts were delivered on time in smaller projects of less than six to seven working days over a period of one and a half months, which included the steering wheel as well as light guides for LED head and taillights and interior light strips. All transparent parts were produced in stereolithography with a high degree of precision.

“Since these ‘components were part and parcel of a very sleek and sophisticated looking object, we knew that every detail would be scrutinised so it needed to be smooth and flawless,” recalls Hans Vandezande, Sales Manager at Materialise.

While it made a splash in Frankfurt, the Concept_One is still just a concept but the company is on track to bring it to market and the production of 88 Concept_One supercars will start in 2013. Apparently Rimac already has pre-orders from the Abu Dhabi royal family.

Now the Zagreb-based company of 20 enthusiasts, engineers and designers are turning their attention from improving cars to revolutionising the car industry. With our focus on low volume manufacturing, Materialise intends to be there for the ride as the production of these 88 cars fits perfectly into our range&nsp;of&nsp;technologies.

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