First among the hyperloop developers, Delft Loop is taking a completely different approach to the production of their HyperLoop Aeroshell. The company is now using dlarge-scale 3D printing by 10XL with a recycled PET-G Carbon granulate to create the structure. MCPP Netherlands BV supplied the granulate to make the print.
10XL is a Dutch 3D printing service specializing in XL cradle to cradle 3D printing by using a proprietary large-scale 3D hybrid printer with a current build and finish area of 6,000 x 2,000 x 1,500 mm.
The multidisciplinary Delft Hyperloop team is made of students from the Technical University of Delft, which is competing in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition.
In 2013, Elon Musk introduced the HyperLoop conceptual high-speed transportation system using near-vacuum tubes in which pressurized vehicles travel. Due to low air resistance in the tubes, the vehicles can travel with speeds of over 1000 km/h, almost the speed of sound. This while being more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and convenient than airplanes.
With the SpaceX Pod Competition, students are challenged to push the technical boundaries by being as fast as possible and break the speed record of 467 km/h. Thereby the team will not only focus on the pod competition but also on the feasibility, implementation and safety of the Hyperloop concept. Everything comes together in our main goal: taking a step forward in realizing the Hyperloop concept and thereby give the transportation industry a revolutionary boost. With the prospect that Hyperloop will be the fifth mode of transportation in the future.