World's First 3D-Printed Car

Its name is "Strati” and it came to life after 44 hours of printing and 2 days of assembly at Chicago's International Manufacturing Technology Show, one of the world's largest industrial trade fairs.  

This world first was created by a small car manufacturer from the city of Chandler, Arizona, which is specialised in the design and sale of innovative vehicles based on co-creation and micro-factoring.

In May 2014, the company launched a contest to design "Strati”. The international community contributed with 200 ideas. The input from Italian Michele Anoe was selected and brought to life only four months after the contest opened!

"Strati” is made up of 40 elements (versus 20,000 parts for a traditional car), of which 80 to 87% are made from ABS and between 13 and 20% of which are made from carbon fibre.
Everything in the car that could be integrated into a single material piece has been printed. This includes the chassis/frame, exterior body and interior features.

They were then assembled with other parts that were manufactured in the traditional way, such as tires, the suspension, wiring and the engine.

This small electric two-seater buggy can reach speeds of up to 65 km/h and has a range of 120 km. "Strati” was even driven around the fair, proving that the vehicle was fully operational.

The manufacturer is even considering printing small runs of this car by the end of the year at prices starting around €14,000.

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