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2015-01-16 08:24

WORLD'S FIRST: Meet the Strati 3-D car from Local Motors and powered by Renault. It takes 44 hours to print and four days to make. Image: YouTube

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Local Motors, a Phoenix-based company printed a two-seater electric car in just 45 hours at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. Watch how this amazing project came to life:

DETROIT, Michigan — A 3-D printed car could be in your driveway sooner than you think.

Phoenix, Arizona-based Local Motors plans to sell a 3-D printed car called the Strati later in 2015. It's a two-seater "neighborhood car" that can manage 40km/h.

The automaker prints the car's frame and panels with carbon fibre-infused plastic on a machine that could fit in a single-car garage.

VIDEO: Watch the Strati's first test drive
VIDEO: See how the Strati was printed

It takes about 44 hours to print one Strati then it's fitted with an electric-car battery, motor and suspension from French automaker Renault.

CEO Jay Rogers says the Strati is the first of three vehicles the company is planning to sell. He also hopes to make highway-legal cars.

Rogers says the Strati will sell for the equivalentof R207 300 and R345 600.
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