Ever wanted to order a car on demand? Fantasized about when you design even more components of your life on Shapeways than you already do? Well, with the launch of Phoenix, Arizona, USA based Local Motors new 3D printed car, we’re now accelerating faster towards this future. Meet the Strati, Italian for layers, of course.
Image, video and specs courtesy of Local Motors
The car is 3D printed in 49 parts, aka less than 1/100th of the 5,000 parts cars that are traditionally manufactured are made of. The 3D printing of the Strati took 44 hours, but this 45 second time-lapse video is one you’re going to have to see to believe:
Local Motors is global innovation community, like Shapeways, driven to make our collaborative dreams into vehicular realities. They are a resource for sharing ideas, designs, prototyping and miro-manufacturing and given the humble vision of their founders, it’s no surprise this community created the Strati. Unlike other prototypes, this model is practical and functional. More of this car was 3D printed than other that has precluded it – including the chassis- and here are the specs to prove it:
- Engine – 100% electric (not 3D Printed 😉 )
- Features – electronic engine immobilizer, regenerative braking, disc brakes front and rear, rear- wheel drive
- Transmission – Automatic, single speed
- Battery – 6.1 kwh battery, 62-mile range, 3.5-hour charge time
- Motor – 5 bhp or 17 bhp, 42 lb-ft torque*
- Body – Approx. 212 layers, direct digital manufactured vehicle (DDMV), carbon fiber reinforced ABS plastic
- Top speed – approx. 50mph*
- Wheels – custom made by Fifteen52
The historic first drive of the #3DPrintedCar – Enjoy!
At $20,000 USD, would you drive a Strati? I’ve certainly signed up for the newsletter to be kept in the know…