Urbee comes to Euromold - 3D printed eco-car will make its European debut

Stratasys Inc. today announced that it will be exhibiting the much publicised Urbee eco-car at this year's Euromold event in Frankfurt. Urbee is the first prototype car ever to have its entire body 3D printed. Stratasys will also host an aerospace stand at the exhibition, which will feature rapid prototyped and end-use parts in situ to illustrate how the commercial aircraft and the defence industries rely on FDM technology.

Urbee, which stands for Urban electric with ethanol backup, is a two passenger vehicle that was designed with sustainability in mind. It requires just an eighth of the energy used by conventional cars and is capable of reaching up to 200mpg (approx 85 km/l) on the highway and 100mpg (approx 43 km/l) in the city. The body of the prototype which will be on display was created using Stratasys' Dimension 3D printers and Fortus production systems. Urbee's creators, Kor Ecologic will be on the stand (D132, Hall 11) to answer questions.

The aerospace (C111, Hall 11) stand will feature a 10% scale model of a finished Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), a mock-up cockpit display panel and yoke as well as a number of examples of Stratasys technology in aerospace-related applications. Members of the digital manufacturing team will also be on the stand.

"We are very excited about bringing Urbee to Euromold and are looking forward to hosting our first ever aerospace stand," said Tim Heller, MD of Stratasys Europe. "Both stands will demonstrate the capabilities of our 3D printing technology and the fantastic results that can be achieved. We expect visitors to be pleasantly surprised by the accuracy and quality that our machines can produce in such a short space of time."

Stratasys, Inc., Minneapolis, is a maker of additive manufacturing machines for prototyping and producing plastic parts. The company markets under the brands Dimension 3D Printers and Fortus Production 3D Printers. The company also operates RedEye On Demand, a digital manufacturing service for prototypes and production parts. Stratasys manufactures 3D printers for Hewlett Packard, which it sells under the brand Designjet3D. In 2011 Stratasys acquired 3D printer maker, Solidscape, Inc. According to Wohlers Report 2011, Stratasys had a 41 percent market share in 2010, and has been the unit market leader for the ninth consecutive year. Stratasys patented and owns the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process. The process creates functional prototypes and manufactured goods directly from any 3D CAD program, using high-performance industrial thermoplastics. The company holds more than 285 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally. Stratasys products are used in the aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, business & industrial equipment, education, architecture, and consumer-product industries.

For more information, visit: www.euromold.com / www.stratasys.com / www.urbee.net


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