Israel Police unveils first 3-D printed manufactured vehicle
Introduced at Israel’s annual defense technology conference, the Israel Police force unveiled the 1st-ever 3-D printed new jeep-style police vehicle that incorporated steering and motor components taken from existing police vehicles, including a police helicopter.
By Itsik Saban
Design. Save. Print. The Israel Police force has unveiled the first-ever 3-D printed police vehicle.
The new jeep-style vehicle is still not operational, but has already won praise from top technological minds in the security and intelligence community.
The Israel Police’s newest technological venture – Photo- Israel Police
The vehicle features a steering wheel taken from a Citroen Berlingo, a power steering system transplanted from a police helicopter, and a motor from an electric scooter.
The concept for the vehicle was introduced at Israel’s annual defense technology conference, which this year was hosted by the Israel Police.
First, the designers built a hand-sized model of the proposed vehicle, and then began working on a full-sized one. The police have assigned the 3-D printed model the number 007, partly in honor of actor Roger Moore, who played James Bond and who died while the idea for the car was being implemented.
Israel Police Commissioner Insp. Gen. Roni Alsheikh said, “I’ve been keeping tabs on the project for a long time, and I’m happy to see that not only is police participation in the conference increasing, but the police undertook to sponsor and host this year’s event.”
Israel Police Head of Innovation Supt. Leah Shweid said that “the conference plants seeds that sprout into groundbreaking technology.”
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