3D printing has hit the headlines numerous times recently, with the technology allowing people to create everything from inanimate household objects to lethal weapons with nothing more than the requisite printer and a set of designs, many of which are available for download on the Internet.
Now, a US engineering firm has created a fully operational 3D printed car.
Called Urbee 2, the car's teardrop-shaped outer shell is made from light 3D-printed plastics, which sits on a more conventional metal chassis.
The aerodynamic two-seater is designed to be as lightweight as possible, to minimise its fuel consumption.
Weighing in at just 544kg – around the same as an F1 car – Urbee 2 is expected to use just 10 gallons of fuel when it is sent on its maiden voyage; an epic cross country marathon from New York to San Francisco.
It's powered by two small electric motors mated to a tiny ethanol engine. The finished product is likely to have as little as 10bhp – though its design team says that will be enough for the Urbee 2 not to be a liability in traffic
The company behind it, Kor Elogic, say that printing the car took over three months, and that a final production version is still several years away from completion.
"After the second prototype, we would need a pilot run of 10 or so units and then an initial production run could be considered. As of today, the project still requires millions of dollars of investment before we are in such a position to sell cars to the public," said a Kor Elogic spokesman to the Daily Mail.
Click play below to watch the Kor Elogic team showcasing their creation.