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Meet the world's first 3D printed car

2014-09-15 14:10

WOULD YOU OWN A 3D-PRINTED CAR? The Strati, the world's first 3D printed car, has its first test drive in Chicago, USA. Image: YouTube

PHOENIX, Arizona - Local Motors has built the world's first 3D-printed car, the Strati, with the help of a Big Area Additive Machine (BAAM), is able to print a solid 3D object of virtually any design.

The Strati is made from a matrial called thermoplastic and is fully-recyclable. Amazingly the printed car is comprised of only 40 parts.

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

The Strati is a two-seater electric car that took 45 hours to print and will go on sale in the US before the end of 2014.

It's priced from the equivalent of R200 000 to R330 000. It has a range of 310km and has a claimed top of speed of 65km/h.

OVER 200 DESIGNS

The Local Motors design was printed live in front of spectactors at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (ITMS) in Chicago.

It took six days to print and assemble the entire vehicle, a quantum leap over 3D printed vehicles produced before. John Rogers, Local Motors CEO said: “We expect in the next couple of months of printing a complete car to be below 24 hours and then eventually get it below 10 hours (from 45 hours)."

Over 200 design proposals were sent to Local Motors who then chose the two-seater 'neighbourhood' concept. Local Motors also makes a range of other vehicles, check them out here.


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