Local Motors has created the world’s first 3D-printed car.
Known as the Strati, the all-electric two-seater was unveiled at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, with one attendee capturing footage of it being driven. According to Local Motors, the company launched the project 18 months ago and received over 200 submissions for workable 3D printed car designs before choosing a design by Michele Anoe, who is based in Italy.
Printing the car took roughly 44 hours and milling it took another full day. Local Motors then built the Strati over the course of four days featuring a drivetrain sourced from the Renault Twizy. The body of the vehicle is printed in carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic or ABS. It can reach speeds up to 40 mph and can travel 120 miles on a single charge.
What’s even crazier? Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors, believes the Strati could be widely available by 2016 and priced between $18,000 and $34,000.
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