3D printed car takes 45 hours to build

Three-dimensional printing has scaled up in a carmaker named Local Motors, which said it has built the world’s first 3D-printed car, the Strati.

Local Motors is an open-source hardware company that made the open source off-road Rally Fighter for the desert terrain of Arizona and street-legal in 50 states. It also created the Racer motorcycle, the Cruiser motorized bicycle, and the popular Verrado Drift Trike.

The design for the 3D-printed car was first submitted in a design challenge that attracted more than 200 entries.
Tech blog Boy Genius Reports cited a report on Scientific American showing Local Motors needed just 45 hours to build the Strati, a two-seater electric car that can go up to 120 miles at up to 40 mph.

BGR said the company plans to sell the vehicle for $18,000 to $30,000 while improving the testing procedure.

Tech site Mashable said the 3D-printed car could allow people to “walk into a car dealership, choose a design — including the number of seats — and have a 3D printed car by the end of the day.”

Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers said that while Tesla made the electric drive train famous, “we’re changing the whole car.”

Mashable said the Strati is printed in carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic.

“It’s fine for a neighborhood jaunt, but is not yet allowed on highways. Rogers said there are plans to test the car extensively before selling it to customers or putting it on the freeway,” it said (http://mashable.com/2014/09/16/first-3d-printed-car/).

“It will be positioned like a car for the masses, or many different cars for the masses,” it quoted Rogers as saying. — ELR, GMA News