3D Printed Shelby Cobra

Next-generation manufacturing takes on a 50 year old icon as ORNL researchers transform this classic sports car into a 3D- printed laboratory on wheels. Additive manufacturing enables the seamless integration of advanced technologies with design flexibility and modularity while providing a platform for rapid development and evaluation. The printed car incorporates “plug and play” components such as new engine, battery, and fuel cell technologies; hybrid system designs; and power electronics and wireless charging systems, allowing researchers to easily and quickly test out innovative ideas in a driving laboratory.






"...besides being a cool car, it’s a great example of how a hub like this operates." —Former President Obama

Printing Revolution

Researchers printed the Shelby Cobra at DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL using the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine, which can manufacture strong, lightweight composite parts without the need for tooling. The new BAAM system, which was jointly developed by ORNL and Cincinnati Incorporated, is 500 to 1000 times faster and capable of printing polymer components 10 times larger than today’s industrial additive machines— in sizes greater than one cubic meter.