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Honda releases 3D data of past concept models for use with 3D printers

28 January 2014

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. released three-dimensional (3D) data for exterior designs of concept models Honda has introduced in the past. The data is offered based on version 4.0 of Creative Commons licenses. With the data downloaded from the website Honda 3D Design Archives, Honda's concept models can be replicated by a household 3D printer.

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The concepts, such as the 2013 NSX concept shown here, can be viewed in 3D or downloaded for printing. Click to enlarge.

Due to the latest technological innovations and the introduction of affordable household 3D printers, the “art of manufacturing” in society is experiencing fundamental change, Honda said. Against the backdrop of such change, Honda designed this project in an effort to identify new ways of communication beyond the conventional framework between a manufacturer and its users. Honda is hoping to see the emergence of outstanding future automobile designers and engineers from the users who are inspired by this project.

Honda said that by offering data of its concept models, which embody the spirit of “Honda Design,” it is offering the opportunity to enjoy a simulated experience of Honda’s “art of manufacturing.”

Honda is currently promoting a new global branding project under which its approaches and thoughts toward the “art of manufacturing” appeal to a wide range of people. Following the release of a Honda brand commercial film titled "Super ultra daydreams,” which debuted at the start of Honda’s press conference at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, the release of the 3D data through the “Honda 3D Design Archives” will be the second initiative under this project.

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