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World's first 3D-printed car drives off

Posted: 18 Sep 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3D printed car  Strati  design 

The world's first and only 3D-printed car has finally debuted on the streets of Chicago. Last week, Local Motors took the Strati out on its maiden journey around McCormick Place after 44 hours of live printing at the International Manufacturing Technology Show.

The final design of the Strati was selected from over 300 proposals and is composed of only 40 components made of tiny pellets of plastic infused with carbon fibre. This number compares to more than 10,000 parts a usual car is made with.

Strati

(Source: Local Motors Twitter)

Not all the parts were 3D-printed. The electric powertrain, battery, wiring, and suspension are all from third-party suppliers. The vehicle weighs more than 6,000kgs and can clock 100mph to 120mph at a maximum speed of 40mph.

Local Motors CEO Jay Rodgers said the Strati will hit the road as soon as the highway certification comes through.

Local Motors is working on reducing the time to print, and intends to sell the car by the end of the year.

Local Motors takes Strati out for its first test drive.

- Tom Emrich
   Editor-in-Chief, Designers of Things





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