How do they do it?
The Strati has a total of 49 parts - significantly less than a typical vehicle’s 5,000. The car takes about 44 hours to print, and is then outfitted with an electric car battery, motor and suspension from French automaker Renault, according to the Associated Press.The seats, body, chassis, dash, centre console and hood will all be 3D printed. "There are no tools. There's no dye. There's no pattern. Those things cost 10's of millions of dollars. It's being free cast, printed out of a machine.
No materials wasted. It's just what you get," said Local Motors CEO Jay Rodgers. Machine tool maker, Cincinnati Inc, supplied the printer, which is much larger than the usual 3D printers which are usually 10 inches by 10 inches (25cm by 25cm).
This particular printer is able to process parts as large as 3ft (1 metre) by 5ft (1.7 metres) by 10ft (3 metres). The company hopes to offer 3D-printed cars for around e15,000. According to Local Motors CEO and founder Jay Rogers, you will be able to put one on the road in the very near future. "This is not about uber expensive cars.
This is about changing the way vehicles are made, and allowing us to peruse less expensive vehicles because of those changes," he said. Rogers calls Strati, and 3D manufacturing a game changer in the auto industry.