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3D printed car unveiled at Detroit Auto Show
World’s first 3D printed car was unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show on Monday by Local Motors, Arizona based automaker that manufactures vehicles using open source designs. Dubbed as ‘Strati’, the 3D printed electric car is the outcome of a project in which Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Cincinnati Inc. have collaborated with Local Motors.
A prototype of Strati was first printed live at 2014 IMTC (International Manufacturing Technology Show) that took 44 hours to complete. Strati’s design is inspired by Shelby Cobra racing car of the sixties and it is a two seated convertible with a maximum speed of 25 mph. It is a perfect car to go around the neighborhood.
Strati’s body is printed with carbon-infused plastic material out of a machine that can be accommodated in a single vehicle garage. Its suspension, battery, and the motor come from the famous French automaker Renault. It is one of the three 3D printed vehicles Local Motors is aiming at selling within the price range of $18,000 to $30,000.
The Strati that is being demonstrated at the Detroit Auto Show weighs 1400 pounds, containing 500 pounds of printed materials, out of which 20% is carbon fiber. The printed materials make up the vehicle’s panels and the frame.
Local Motors usually engages micro factories to build different parts of vehicles it produces; however, additive manufacturing technology requires a different set up. The printed parts of the Strati came out of a BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) machine at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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