3D printers really seem to be able to do anything. Earlier on this year, a Chinese company managed to 3D print an entire house in just 24 hours. Now, during the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 in Chicago, an Arizona-based company called Local Motors managed to top up the wow effect, by creating a working car in 44 hours.
The car, Strati, costed 18,000 dollars to produce and it’s an ecologically approached vehicle as well: the vehicle uses battery-power to speed up. It has a battery range of between 120 and 150 miles. In addition, while regular cars use 20,000 components, Strati only uses 40 parts. However, it’s not a fast car, as Strati has a top speed of only 40 miles per hour.
Not all parts were made using 3D printing technology. The frame of the car was fully 3D printed, but other parts such as the electric motor, the seats and tires were made on a conventional way. The 3D printed part consists of layers of black plastic and was strengthened with carbon fiber.
It’s the company’s goal to sell their 3D printed cars for prices ranging from 18,000 to 30,000 dollars. The more features a preferred car will have, the more expensive it will be. The company already exists from 2007 and for this car their 3D printer was supplied by a machine tool maker, which enabled them to print much larger objects.
Image credits: Local Motors.