Company uses 3D printing to create Hyperloop model
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 2:39 -
3D printing company WhiteClouds has used Elon Musk's Hyperloop schematics to create miniature model of his ground-breaking transportation system.
The five member team at WhiteClouds wanted to make Hyperloop a reality after reading Musk's story, which made headlines earlier this month.
"We can take an image, like of the Hyperloop, and after some modeling bring it life," said designer Krista Davis in a statement. "3D printers enable us to do that with just about anything."
Hyperloop is the brainchild of SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk. He describes it as a tube that's built over, or under, the ground. Pods containing passengers would be designed to float through a tube from stop to stop, propelled by powerful fan at the front of the pod that expels air out the rear.
A passenger-only version of the train would cost an estimated $6 billion U.S. to build, while a version that could transport vehicles and passengers could cost as much as $7.5 billion.
Solar panels on top of the tube would keep the pod moving.
Musk's 57-page concept design was released without patents in an open-source format on August 12. He is inviting scientists to make improvements to the design.
So far, no investors have stepped up to fund the project.