Someone 3D-Printed Elon Musk's Hyperloop Concept

What's the next best thing to actually building the incredible Hyperloop transportation system? 3D Printing it in exceptional detail, of course.

A few weeks ago, Elon Musk dropped a bomb in the form of the Hyperloop concept: a train-like pod that travels through a vacuum tube, enabling it to reach incredible speeds. Think Los Angeles to San Francisco in under an hour sort of speeds. Yeah.

Musk is a little too distracted building world-beating electric cars for Tesla and going to Mars with SpaceX right now, so he can't exactly build the Hyperloop himself, but he's happy for someone else to do it. That's where WhiteClouds came in.

While they aren't building the actual Hyperloop themselves (sigh), they did set themselves a challenge to 3D-print a model of the theoretical transportation system within 24 hours.

The five-person team got to work, each on an individual task. One person built the station where passengers board and alight the Hyperloop, another built the pods, another the tubes and another built the pylons that enable it to whiz above the heads of those below.

In the end, they came up with an adorable model of a transportation system that will probably change the world.

Check out the WhiteClouds blog for detail on how they did it and what each component is made of. [WhiteClouds]