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Winners of 3D Printer Challenge design vehicles for the year 2040 Some of the MakerBot and GrabCAD 3D Print Challenge winning vehicles Image Gallery (56 images) Last week, MakerBot and GrabCAD announced the winners of their recent 3D Printer Challenge in Brooklyn, New York. The challenge required designers to come up with futuristic vehicles for the year 2040, with the concept models optimized for printing in 3D on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. Out of 151 entries, six winners were selected, with the first prize receiving a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and the runner up a MakerBot Replicator 1 Desktop 3D Printer. Longest Lasting Cars These are the cars that cause us to mumble under our breath when they drive by. So smug. So reliable. Sure! Drive right past our shop!

Just stick this portable outlet to your window to start using solar power We have seen a lot of solar chargers in our day. And among all of them, this is the first one we’ve seen that we will definitely run out and buy as soon as it’s made available in the U.S. It’s a portable socket that gets its power from the sun rather than the grid. Open Source Ecology Vision We – the countless collaborators upon whose shoulders this Vision stands – imagine a world of innovation accelerated by open, collaborative development – to solve wicked problems – before they are created. We see a world of prosperity that doesn’t leave anyone behind. We see a world of interdisciplinary, synergistic systems thinking – not the isolated silos of today’s world.

Google's Not the Only One With a Driverless Car This Year Looks like CES 2013 might be the year of the driverless car as both Audi and Toyota/Lexus have confirmed they’ll be bringing their new autonomous vehicles to the show. Move over Google, looks like you’re not the only game in town anymore, and maybe we’ll actually be able to buy a self-driving Audi or a Toyota soon. The luxury arm of Toyota, Lexus, will be there showing off a LS 600h kitted out with radar and cameras to literally drive itself around, similar to what Google’s been doing.

Open-source car An open-source car is a car with open design—designed as open-source hardware, using open-source principles. History[edit] Some of the earliest open-source cars include: Open-source vehicles[edit] Some open-source vehicles, such as the PUUNK velomobile,[5] the Atomic Duck,[6] the Hypertrike,[7] and other open-source velomobiles, and the Xtracycle, are technically not automobiles. See also[edit] Making solar cells with a kitchen microwave For most people, experiments involving a home microwave typically don't go much further than inflating a marshmallow like a balloon or reheating leftovers in plasticware – both with messy results. For metallurgists though, microwaves are sometimes employed to efficiently process metals, which is how researchers at the University of Utah found themselves using a secondhand kitchen appliance in their lab. Their resourcefulness paid off recently, when the team discovered a method for creating solar cell material with just a few basic ingredients and an old microwave.

Volkswagen Levitating Car The "People’s Car" project allowed Internet users in China to post ideas about cars of the future. From the 119,000 ideas received. three vehicle and technology concepts were produced and are now on display at the 2012 Beijing auto show. Watch this brave a Chinese couple hover around the city in the first (computer animated) test drive of this Volkswagen concept car. Definition: Concept Car: A vehicle made to showcase new styling and or new technology. They are often shown at motor shows to gauge customer reaction to new and radical designs which may or may not have a chance of being produced.

Flybo EV: Chinese Electric Smart Fortwo Clone Arrives In The U.S. The 6000ZK is a two-seater EV that’s powered by a 72V 6500W electric motor. According to Flybo, the 6000ZK can achieve a top speed of… 25 mph (40 km/h) and it runs for about 70 miles (112 km) before its batteries drop dead. When that happens you simply plug it into any ordinary household electric outlet for about 8 hours to recharge the batteries. Can’t wait to hear what Mercedes-Benz / Smart has to say about this. Via: Treehugger , Source: Saginaw News

Rawlemon's Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight The solar energy designers at Rawlemon have created a spherical, sun-tracking glass globe that is able to concentrate sunlight (and moonlight) up to 10,000 times. The company claims that its ß.torics system is 35% more efficient than traditional dual-axis photovoltaic designs, and the fully rotational, weatherproof sphere is even capable of harvesting electricity from moonlight. The ß.torics system was invented by Barcelona-based German Architect André Broessel. He sought to create a solar system that could be embedded in the walls of buildings so that they may act as both windows and energy generators. But the project isn’t only noteworthy for its solar efficiency capabilities - the ß.torics system is designed to generate lunar energy too!

to build world’s largest nationwide network of EV fast-charging stations in the Netherlands ABB wins contract for nationwide electric vehicle fast-charging infrastructure in the Netherlands bringing a charging station within 50 kilometers of all 16.7 million inhabitants Zurich, Switzerland, July 8, 2013 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced today that it has been selected by Fastned to supply chargers to more than 200 electric vehicle fast-charging stations in the Netherlands, bringing an EV fast charger within 50 kilometers of all of the country’s 16.7 million inhabitants. Each of the more than 200 Fastned stations along Dutch highways will be equipped with several multi-standards fast chargers, such as the 50 kilowatt (kW) Terra 52 and Terra 53 models, capable of charging electric vehicles in 15-30 minutes. The first ABB Terra fast chargers are due to be delivered in September 2013.

The Top 10 Cheapest Cars In The World It is just so hard to move around without a car. Even if you live in a city with the most reliable forms of public transportation in the world, your mobility is still not the same as compared if you own a vehicle. Having your own ride will allow you to go wherever you need to head to whenever you want. And it does not have to be too darn expensive. So long as it can take you from one point to the next safely and without any hassles, then that car should be considered good enough.