Strati 3d printed electric car
Electric 3D printed car has just 49 parts.
The Strati, which is Italian for “layers,” is a small, electric two seater roadster with a top speed of 40 mph and a 120 mile range.
Phoenix, Arizona based Local Motors rolled out its first 3D printed car at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. It was printed and assembled on site in 44 hours using a process called direct digital manufacturing, (DDM), then took its first test-drive around the conference centre.
The majority of the car is made of carbon-fibre reinforced ABS plastic, but not all the components can be printed. Renault provided the electric power train, and the tires were custom-built.
“Using 3D printing, we have re-imagined how cars are created using modern manufacturing techniques,” the company’s CEO and co-founder John B. Rogers Jr. said in a release. “The results are astounding. We have reduced the amount of car parts from 25,000 to less than 50, proving that we can take a car from designed to driven in less than six months.”
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Wow, just 49 parts.
Very cool, but why.
How much is Strati going to cost us??