The 3D printers they have already given us good examples of their potential, and although its acceptance and popularity have been something oxcar this year, still confirming the versatility that have capabilities.
A new example is Strati, the first electric car printed in 3D. This two seater model is the result of four months and a half of work of Local Motors, a company that now promises that future models could be designed in just six weeks and be printed in just 24 hours.
One of the most notable features of Strati is its simplicity: the electric car created by Jay Rogers consists of only 49 pieces, While a conventional car has some 25,000 pieces of media. “If you do the vehicle of a single material,” explained this businessman, “you can dramatically reduce the number of parts”.
The beginning of a trend?
There are certain elements that cannot be print – engine, wheels, suspension- but the rest of the parts of the car can be created using a carbon fiber plastic reinforced according to Rogers having the same hardness than a grade aluminum medium. The Strati development team is working on future enhancements to provide “different flexibilities or compressibility” for the base material, which would for example have finished softer plastics for seats.
This electric car specifications, however, are modest: it is a fully electric vehicle with automatic transmission – a single March. The battery is 6.1 kWh, which ensures a range of 100 km, and it loaded in 3.5 hours. The engine has an output of 5 or 17 bhp (Brake Horse Power), and its maximum speed is 80 km/h.
Strati, says its creator, will be rolling along highways in the next 12 months, and although the cost of the car It will be between 18,000 and 30,000 dollars, its price will drop sensitive during the first weeks. Now remains to be seen hosting industry, regulators – will see if it meets the minimum of security that ensures its creator – and, of course, their potential buyers.