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Offline The Latinist

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3D-printed Smart Bus
« on: June 23, 2016, 06:19:34 PM »
Came across this on my Facebook feed: the company claims that 3D-printing components locally and assembling them in local "microfactories" is more efficient.  I find it hard to believe that assembling individual busses by hand can be more efficient than a centralized assembly line, though, and many parts will still have to be manufactured by third parties.

The concept of on-demand self-driving microbuses seems a good one to me, though.

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Re: 3D-printed Smart Bus
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2016, 07:03:45 PM »
Yep, sounds very much too good to be true.  It's also not clear to me why the self-driving tech has to be married to 3D printing at this point, it seems like a bad idea to try to solve two problems (i.e. non-traditional manufacturing model and self-driving vehicles) at once.  Which makes me suspect this is some kind of hype play for a better IPO and/or buyout by a small company.

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Re: 3D-printed Smart Bus
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2016, 10:49:36 PM »
I found the companies website

Its pretty interesting, I get the 3d printing part for some of it but i'm not sure about the rest. It looks like a great amusement park system to replace parking lot trams.  >:D
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