STRATI: the 3D printed electric car


Strati is an electric car developed by Local Motors. In April 2014, local motor organized a ocal Motors printed a plastic car called Strati. The first phase of the process to print the car chassis design for 3D printed car. At International Manufacturing Technology show in Chicago, L and body all in one piece, and also the fenders separately took just 44 hours. It is manufactured in collaboration with Cincinnati corporates and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) by using a large scale 3D printer. It is the world’s first 3D printed electric car. It is considered to be a ‘neighbourhood electric car’. The range of car depending upon battery is 100 to 120 mm (160 to 190 km) with a top speed of 40mph (64 km/h). Its cost would be of between $18,000 and $30,000.

ORNL and Cincinnati Inc. manufacture all parts of the car and allowed for easy mounting of mechanical parts such as electric motors and batteries. This 3D printed electric car is printed from thermoplastic by using BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) machine. This material is fully recyclable. It can be reprocessed and chopped for printing another car. After printing this car, the mechanical and electrical part are manually assembled. The company claims that 3D printing was used for all parts except the parts that are mechanically involved. It just takes 44 hours to completely build up.