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The first 3-D printed electric car Strati unveiled by Local Motors

Nov 10, 2014 11:30 IST

The first 3-D printed electric car Strati was unveiled on 9 November 2014 by US based Local Motors. The prototype of the design was on display at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The car was manufactured by Local Motors in collaboration with Cincinnati Incorporated and Oak Ridge National Laboratory  with open-source design.
It is the world's first three-dimensional-printed electric car. The manufacturing of the car was done through a 3D printing process set up by Cincinnati Incorporated over a 44-hour period at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show in McCormick Place, Chicago.
The company is planning to put the car in market by 2015 with prices between 18000 US Dollar and 30000 US Dollar.

About the car Strati
The Strati is a two-seater electric car. Depending on the configuration of the battery packs, the range of the car can be 100 to 120 mi (160 to 190 km) with top speeds of 40 mph (64 km/h).

The car is not designed to be used on highways, as it does not meet the required safety test requirements.
Strati is printed from thermoplastic using a big area additive manufacturing (BAAM) machine which is a process with high energy consumption that impacts the environment.
The environmental impact is offset by the fully recyclable material, which can be chopped and reprocessed to be used in printing another car. After the car is printed, the mechanical and electrical parts such as battery, motors, and suspension are manually assembled.

About Local Motors
The company was founded in 2007 with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.
Local Motors is an American motor vehicle manufacturing company focused on low-volume manufacturing of open-source motor vehicle designs using multiple microfactories. Current products range from the Rally Fighter automobile and Racer motorcycle; through various electric bicycles, tricycles, and children's ride-on toy cars; to radio-controlled model cars and skateboards.

 

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