Researchers seek ways to build next generation of automobiles


Transport system is one of the most important
invention and development in the history of the human race. Without transportation human beings would
be stuck within the barrier of small regions and explorations, which the very essence of
social communication would be impossible. Which is why the so-called fourth industrial
revolution is expected to even further fuel the demand for improved methods of transport. What would the next generation of automobiles
look like in Korea? Our IT and Science Front this week by Kim
Jiyeon. Every year, automakers roll out their new
models, with sleek body designs and comforts to attract consumers. But a car’s true performance and its energy-efficiency
are determined by what’s under the hood. “Local researchers are trying to cut costs
and develop the next generation of automobiles that are lighter, faster, stronger and more
eco-friendly.” For the past eight years, this local company
has been using 3D metal printers to build customized car parts including valves, springs,
bolts and nuts. It currently takes about a week to manufacture
the components needed to get a car running… and they cost ten times as much. But that’s expected to change over the next
ten years or so, says a local researcher of 3D printing. The parts will be built layer-by-layer through
these printers which will eventually replace the production lines at car plants. “3D metal printers are particularly useful
for the production of engine blocks and sophisticated shapes and designs that can increase the durability
of automobiles. The time and the expense of printing the parts
will get cheaper as more car companies start relying on printers and discard the conventional
methods.” Another researcher projects the application
of titanium will be a game-changer in the production of future automobiles… being
lighter, stronger and more resistant to corrosion. Despite these advantages, a major stumbling
block for its use in fields other than defense, space exploration and aeronautics… is titanium’s
hefty price tag. It’s currently ten times more expensive than
stainless steel. “Our main focus is to find ways to reduce
the cost of titanium by trying out different smelting methods to discover techniques that
local industries can use to manipulate it at lower temperatures.” Finding ways to more easily obtain and distribute
titanium for industrial use is regarded as one of the most important goals of the Korean
government. Back in March, it was designated as one of
nine strategically important national projects… along with similar initiatives for magnesium,
aluminum and carbon fiber. Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.

1 Comment

  1. S Orter October 18, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    so it means that everyone will able to print his own car by 3d I really d like that this day comes quicker

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