As the design division of Materialise, . MGX works with additive manufacturing technologies and top designers, architects and artists to produce architectural models, art pieces and other custom- made projects, as well as a range of exceptional lighting objects, furniture, interior goods and accessories - all with a degree of detail, complexity and speed that cannot be offered by other production techniques. The . MGX influence Renault was able to integrate the . MGX philosophy into the concept car, creating a unique design using the natural laser sintering surface with backlighting, in the same way that Materialise does with its own . MGX product line. The lower dashboard with the . MGX logo and the ceiling of the car were made from PA. Additionally, other light emitting components such as the two decorative exterior front lights were made through additive manufacturing. Their complexity was too high to mill these components easily in PMMA; therefore a new transparent stereolithography material was used. The link with . MGX allowed Renault to create an even greater impact in the design world with the Renault Ondelios concept. The partnership with . MGX resulted in an amazing amount of coverage for Renault in various design magazines. Also thanks to Materialise Mammoth machines, PGO pushed the boundaries of additive manufacturing to make its Hemera project a reality. The project commenced in March 2008, and after the development phase, the first 3D files were ready only three months before the show. PGO made an assembly of the whole car using stereolithography parts. After some small modifications to the parts, the stereolithography components were used as master patterns to make moulds, enabling PGO to produce three sets of parts in order to build the first three vehicles, and this in the shortest time frame. Materialise has definitely taken the lead in the use of additive manufacturing for concept cars. They not only take care of the component production, but as a company and their link with design they are a source of inspiration for vehicle designers around the world. This allows not only using additive manufacturing as a manufacturing method, but really exploiting the inherent advantages for concept vehicles to the greatest extent. Can Materialise also inspire you? more information? click here!