World’s first 3D printed car to drive off this Saturday (video)
The world’s first 3D printed car will roll out of the workshop onto the roads of Chicago this weekend. The car, called the Strati, is being assembled as a centrepiece of The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014, currently on in Chicago. Over a period of 44 hours the car is to be printed, assembled and rolled out for a test drive. It’s scheduled to be on the road this Saturday, 13th September.
A team of engineers and technicians is being led by Local Motors to produce the Strati car. Phys.org reports that the car will be printed “in one piece using direct digital manufacturing (DDM)”. Of course that doesn’t include items such as the engine, battery, wiring and suspension but it is still a world’s first. We are told that many of the interior components are sourced from electric-powered city cars.
— Local Motors (@localmotors) September 10, 2014
John B. Rogers, Jr., CEO of Local Motors said about the Strati “This brand-new process disrupts the manufacturing status quo, changes the consumer experience, and proves that a car can be born in an entirely different way.”
After its maiden voyage this particular Strati car will be showcased at the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) Emerging Technology Center. A representative from AMT called the Strati car one of the most exciting projects he had seen. Looking at the bigger picture the 3D printed car is said to show how 3D printing and sustainable, digital manufacturing can be used in the automotive industry.