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ISF – In­ter­nal Strut Fra me

In­spired by the del­i­cate in­ter­nal struc­ture of the bones in a bird’s wings, Greg Thomp­son’s cre­ation has a chas­sis moulded us­ing shapes that can only be cre­ated us­ing 3D print­ing tech­niques. He claims the de­sign re­thinks the mod­ern method of au­to­mo­bile man­u­fac­ture, too.

LM e-spi der

The de­sign ethos of this sporty num­ber is sim­ple: max­i­mum strength, min­i­mum weight. Not so grabbed by our winged friends, de­signer Chav­ito took in­spi­ra­tion from hu­man bone struc­ture in­stead. Not much pad­ding, but plenty of sup­port courtesy of the cross beams built into the chas­sis.

Michele Anoé’s flag-tak­ing en­try won out be­cause of its sim­plic­ity, char­ac­ter and com­pat­i­bil­ity with cur­rent 3D print­ing tech. The sports car meets moon buggy nets the Ital­ian a cool US$5k and will be printed live at Chicago’s In­ter­na­tional Man­u­fac­tur­ing Tech Show this spring.

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