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The 3D car that assembles itself

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3D printing is being used worldwide for a variety of applications, ranging from architecture to prosthetic limbs to weapon design.

The Areion, a racing car which was built using 3D-printed components, debuted last year. The car is able to reach a top speed of 88mph, going from 0 to 62mph in 3.2 seconds, and the steel chassis is protected within a 3D shell which took only three weeks to construct. However, vehicle designer Nir Siegel wants to go a step further by creating 3D-printed cars that assemble themselves.

Siegel's Genesis concept imagines a world where a car buyer would be delivered a specialized 3D printer at home -- which can then print out a vehicle which matches the buyer's specifications.

Siegel studied vehicle design at the Royal College of Art in London, and has recently earned a Pilkington Design Award for the Genesis. One of the judges, Mike Greenall, director of automotive R&D programmes at NSG Group said:

"The increased pressure to produce economical, environmentally-friendly designs has led students to identify innovative glazing and innovative design that are set to shape the future of the automotive industry."

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Image credit: Nir Siegel

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— By on July 2, 2013, 12:14 AM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure