Honda is not the first to showcase vehicles with 3D printed panels, details and more. However, this is indeed big for the Japanese automaker.
Close on the heels of Honda showcasing its Variable Design platform for micro EVs at the 2016 Paris Motor Show comes the customisable layout for EVs.
The automaker wants to offer a vehicle with customisable options where drivers can choose accordingly.
This could mean lowered entry points at the door for seniors drivers and even a hatchback trunk space for delivery vehicles.
Also, to customise the petite car to fit a family of three. Honda took inspirations from the motorcycle design division. This resulted in light but safe pipe-based skeleton under the paneling.
This gives the small EV much needed structural integrity while getting some assistance from design firm Kabuku, who went on to add cute bird design to both the hatchback trunk and on the door and seat.
Most of the "micro commuter model" has that familiarly rough 3D printed surface to it. However, Honda's effort to offer a heavily customisable EV, the prototype showcased does very move.
The approach of 3D printing on car bodies might lead to reduced design times and cheaper costs.
This can happen only if this innovation becomes bigger, but, for now, this Honda 3D printed EV platform which still in the development stage.