Cars may have been made from plastic for years, but the world’s first 3D printed car has just rolled off the, er, printer. Further differentiating this new model that has been created by Arizona-based Local Motors from traditionally produced vehicles, a total of just 40 parts are needed, compared to the 20,000 individual components used in a typical car.
Unveiled last week at Chicago’s International Manufacturing Technology Show, the ‘Strati’ required a total of 44 hours of printing and was assembled over two days right in front of those attending the event.
This two-seater electric city car has a range of 120 miles and a top speed of 40mph, and borrows electric components and suspension from the Renault Twizy and several other electric city cars. Estimates suggest that the car could cost from £11,000 to £18,000, reports the Daily Mail.
We expect in the next couple of months [for production time] to be below 24 hours and then eventually get it below 10 hours.
CEO of Local Motors, John Rogers told Scientific American: “We expect in the next couple of months [for production time] to be below 24 hours and then eventually get it below 10 hours. This is in a matter of months. Today, the best Detroit or Germany can do is 10 hours on a [production] line, after hundreds of years of progress.”
The company has taken a democratic stance towards development of this car, with the Strati being chosen out of 200 entries submitted on Local Motors’ online community.
Take a look at the car taking shape in the video below:
Picture: Local Motors
September 16, 2014