Local Motors Strati 3D printed car makes its debut at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. It was driven out on stage proving that you can build a car using 3D printing technology. 3D printing technology is growing by leaps and bounds, from prosthetics to guns there is a world of possibilities and applications. Check out the video below to see the Strati being driven at IMTS Chicago.
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 3-D printed in a single piece — an approximate 44-hour process.
The 3-D printed car is made from ABS plastic that has been infused with carbon fiber. 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 3-D printing process.
There’s still much to research and experiment with 3D printing things at this level, so don’t expect to be able to print your own car next year. But it is encouraging to see this happening and that people are working on innovating the technology. What do you think of the Strati? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.