World’s first 3D printed car was just released
44 hours – this is the time it took to print the World’s first 3D printed car. Known as the Strati (that means “layers” in Italian), it was built by Local Motors and is the first drivable 3D printed car ever seen.
Usually cars have around 5000 and 6000 parts but this 3D printed car has only 49, including its 3D printed body (the largest part), the motor, wheels, seats and windshield.
Although it took only 44 hours to print it, the first 3D printed car took years to be designed, one full day to shape it to perfection and then 4 days to build it – it was built at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Illinois where it was also presented for the first time.
The first 3D printed car is printed in carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic or ABS and it can drive at speeds up to 40 mph and can travel 120 miles on a single charge and the idea is to sell it to customers after running extensive tests. Local Motors wants to transform Strati on a car for the masses by 2016, very affordable (according to Local Motors it will cost around $18,000 and $34,000) and customizable – can you imagine if you can choose everything you want for your car and then at the end of the day your car is printed and ready to go? That’s a great vision, isn’t it?
Most car manufacturers only use 3D print for prototyping and in some cases, to produce parts of the vehicle. As far as we know, appart from the Strati the only 3D printed car made almost entirely through the 3D printing process is the Urbee 2 we already spoke about here on the blog, that is set to make a trip across the USA on 2015.