The World´s First 3D Printed Car
In years to come we may be able to walk into a car showroom and pick a new car ……. Wait a few hours while it is printed and then drive it away! This week has seen the news of the first ever drivable 3D printed car – for all our leasing customers here is everything you need to know!
The 3D car is the work of Arizona based Local Motors, who bravely assembled their 3D car in front of an audience at the International Manufacturing Technology Show.
3D printing works by building up layers to produce a solid 3D object, so it’s no surprise the first ever 3D printed car has been called ‘Strati’! Strati can seat 2 people and will reach a top speed of 40 mph. The Strati is a battery powered car and can achieve between 120-150 miles on a single charge. Not all parts were printed, the tyres, seats, battery, wiring, suspension, electric motor and windscreen were sourced elsewhere including using some parts from the Renault Twizy.
The Chassis and body were printed using layers of thermoplastic reinforced with carbon fibre in one piece. This means Strati only has 40 parts, whereas the average car can have as many as 20,000 parts to assemble. The whole process took only 44 hours and Local Motors hope they can get this down to below 10 hours in the coming months. The 3D printed car is planned to be produced for the public in the very near future, Local Motors say prices will be between £11,000 and £18,000.
Would you like to drive a 3D printed car?
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18 September 2014
Written by Rivervale