This week the final prototype of ‘The Strati’, the world’s first 3D printed car, will be printed over a 44 hour period at a trade show before being assembled and going on its historic first drive.
This feat will occur at The International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago and will be lead by co-creation and micro-manufacturing company Local Motors. The project will see the vehicle be printed in one piece using direct digital manufacturing, using techniques pioneered at the US Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
‘The Strati was designed by our community, made in our Microfactory, and will be driven by you. 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.’
The vehicle will be printed to one piece, with additional components being sourced from a variety of suppliers. Local Motors hopes to have The Strati available for purchase in the forthcoming months.
The team is hoping that the technology will provide a sustainable, digital manufacturing solution for the automotive industry. For the group it is about pushing the boundaries of emerging technologies and seeing where collaboration can take industry.
‘These partnerships are pushing the envelope on emerging technologies, such as large scale additive manufacturing, and accelerating the growth of manufacturing in the United States.’ Said Craig Blue, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Program and Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL.
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