none

3D PRINTED CAR GIVEN A TEST DRIVE

18-09-2014
by 
in 

Several groups worked together to build a driveable 3D printed car during the six-day International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago last week.

In a press release, Local Motors called the 3D printed Strati a first-of-its-kind concept car. Local Motors worked with the Association for Manufacturing Technology, Cincinnati Incorporated and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to 3D print and rapidly assemble the car during the six-day event.

Engineers started out by 3D printing the car using a process called Broad Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM).

Local Motors said it held a six-week challenge and received more than 200 entries from 30 different countries before chosing the Strati as the winning design.

Michele Anoe of Italy submitted the Strati design, which calls for the car's body to be 3D printed in a single piece – an approximate 44-hour process.

The 3D printed car is made from ABS plastic that has been infused with carbon fibre. Local Motors said it believes it is the first company to ever attempt to print both the body and chassis components of a vehicle together, although others have built cars before using a 3D printing process.

After the vehicle was printed, Local Motors said it outfitted the car with mechanical components, such as motors, wiring, suspension and a battery.

For a finale, the completed Strati was showcased and then driven around the venue. However, Local Motors said the car could not be driven on city streets due to vehicle regulations.

Related news & editorials

  1. 20.09.2018
    20.09.2018
    by      In
    Control Logic has set its sights on expansion, with a new leadership team incorporating key roles in products and marketing, sales and development, and operations and services. The move aims to increase the company’s skill set and focus to drive innovation and expand the company’s expertise and... Read More
  2. 19.09.2018
    19.09.2018
    by      In
    The Australian Made Campaign is providing some valuable support for the nation’s furniture manufacturers with its latest initiative, which urges local buyers to ‘take comfort in their purchase’ and choose genuine Aussie furniture, bedding and furnishings this spring.
    According to Australian Made... Read More
  3. 12.09.2018
    12.09.2018
    by      In
    Siemens has unveiled its new manufacturing facility in Yatala (Queensland), which has been set up to support the growing global demand for the locally developed Fusesaver medium-voltage circuit breaker.
    The new factory is part of an ongoing $25 million investment in manufacturing and research of... Read More
  4. 11.09.2018
    11.09.2018
    by      In
    APS Industrial has relocated its Melbourne base into an all-new 4500m2 head office and national distribution centre in Rowville. The new facility includes an interactive product showcase room and state of the art conference facility.
    According to APS Industrial MD David Hegarty, “Since our launch... Read More