3D printing recyclable materials for a car
Spanish start-up LIUX claims its team has created the most sustainable electric car by converting recyclable materials such as plastic and bioresin 3D printed The car named ‘Animal’. plant-based car design It utilizes bio-polymer derived from organic fibers and resins.
These materials are considered up to 90% recycled material used by adding them to the vehicle’s exterior trim, interiors and chassis parts. LIUX removes unnecessary design elements from around the car and uses only components that are easy to assemble, disassemble, repair and recycle. By doing this, the team scrapes the car by 25 percent of parts and materials.
images courtesy of LIUX
As LIUX claims, the body and chassis molds of the 3D-printed car “Animal” help the company reduce production times, energy and CO2 emissions by around 70 percent. This ties in with the basic look of the car’s interior, as the company has stopped adding extravagant details. For the team, it’s not all about pleasing the eye with visuals, it’s about providing functional components and offerings that make the most of the driver’s ride.
Animal could be the first plant-based car
First plant-based vehicle
LIUX He reiterates that the materials used in the body are biopolymers and biocomposites based on natural fibers and resins made by 3D printing, along with materials used for the interior and part of the chassis. We seek simplicity as we want to focus on value and eliminate all unnecessary elements. Our cars use simple components that are easy to assemble, disassemble, repair and/or recycle, allowing us to reduce parts and materials by 25 percent compared to a conventional car.” David Sancho explains Domingoco-founder of the venture.
90 percent of its body is made of recyclable materials
The 3D-printed, plant-based car is powered by battery technology, and LIUX opts for up to four sets of modular battery packs where drivers can add, remove, replace, upgrade or give batteries a second life. The Animal can travel 600 kilometers without any problems on a single charge.
Battery packs are self-contained and removable, can be used in different cars and LIUX segments, and can be inherited or used for self-consumption. You can buy your car with 2 battery packs and then plug in two more to double your autonomy, or if you buy another LIUX you take over your batteries and keep them. says Antonio Espinosa de los MonterosCo-founder of LIUX.
works with modular battery packs
In terms of advanced technologies, ‘Animal’ comes alive thanks to emotional intelligence. The vehicle uses artificial intelligence in its engines to gather data and provide both the team and the driver with insights on how they can further improve the vehicle’s performance, as well as stats on the vehicle’s overall health and functioning.
LIUX shares that the team has a few tricks to reveal in the coming months to complete its vision for the future of mobility. At the time the story was published, the ‘Animal’ was available for booking at EUR 200, while the starting price of the car was EUR 39,000.
a look inside the animal