China's First 3D Printed Car Can Only Get Better

China's first 3D-printed car is an impressive feat of technology considering it took just one month to design and build it. On the downside, the Tuhaojin or “Golden Local Tyrant” (we kid you not) LOOKS like it took just a month to design and build.

Sanya Sea High 3D Technology Corporation, a 3D-printing and design firm based on China's southern island of Hainan, created the Tuhaojin as a demonstration of the company's capabilities in the field of 3D-printing. According to company spokespersons, the actual printing of the car's gold-toned body from an unnamed composite material only took five days.

The Tuhaojin's running gear, chassis, electric motor and accessories (such as they are) were all sourced from other companies. No performance specifications were released at the gala debut of the 500 kg (about 1,100 lb) Tuhaojin in Sanya Sea High 3D Technology Corporation's hometown of Sanya; neither was pricing or mass production discussed.

While the Tuhaojin leaves a lot to be desired in a lot of different ways – its name, for instance – every great product starts somewhere, well, not so great. Taken as such, the Golden Local Tyrant could be an acorn from which a mighty oak may someday grow. (via Car News China and SINA Weibo)