This is Singapore’s first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students have built the 3D-printed car mounted on a carbon fibre single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the Urban Concept category at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Asia.
NTU students have also built the NTU Venture (NV) 9, a slick three-wheeled racer which can take sharp corners with little loss in speed due to its unique tilting ability inspired by motorcycle racing.
Associate Professor Ng Heong Wah, who mentored the two teams, said:
“Using the latest engineering techniques learnt from their studies in NTU, the students have developed innovations such as silicon solar cells that can be contoured to follow the car’s shape. This allows for maximum harvesting of the solar energy and a tilting mechanism in NV9 that can ‘lean’ in the direction of the turn to avoid losing speed.
We are extremely proud to have designed and assembled a 3D printed body shell for the electric car, which is Singapore’s first and probably Asia’s first 3D-printed concept car. The 3D printed car body was pushing existing technology to the limits and we are so pleased that it has paid off.”