Local Motors Company, in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Laboratory DOE) at the exhibition International Manufacturing Show presented a draft of the first car in the world, which will be printed on the 3D-printer . Car was called Strati.

The purpose of this vehicle is to prove to the critics that the three-dimensional printing method is too slow and too expensive for mass production. Printing was carried out directly on the auto show in front of visitors.

Giant 3D-printer , the size of the room, layer by layer creates chassis and carbon fiber body, but components such as electric motors, seats, wheels, tires and windshield Local Motors produces the usual way.

The car body will have a dull black color, in contrast to cars, made of metal. However, the developers claim that in the future this will be fixed with the help of various mixtures of plastics and fibers, resulting in a surface car will get a glossy shine of the metal.

After the construction of the body especially the automated tool will give it the desired shape and will do 32 holes for further bolting main parts. Vehicle will include only 47 parts, while typical car has more than 20 000 items, according to Wall Street Journal.

The initial version of the car will have to travel at a speed of 65 kilometers per hour. CEO of Local Motors, John Rogers, Jr. (John B. Rogers) argues that the charge of the car enough for the distance from 193 to 245 kilometers.

Strati sale is due to start in a few months. Its cost will vary from 18 000 to 30 000, depending on the characteristics that consumers want. However, in order to cars could drive on motorways, Strati must obtain a safety certificate.


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