The world of 3D printing has made a lot of advancements since it first become a reality in the late 1980s. From printable prosthetics, houses and even furniture, the world of 3D printing seems to have boundless potential. One of the most recent advances in 3D printing technology is the creation of the first printable car. This article is going to take a look at the Strati as well as the benefits it offers over traditional vehicles.
Local motors put out a challenge to see who could create the best design for a 3D printable car and offered cash rewards. Strati was the winner and was printed live at a 2014 technology show that was held in Chicago. This two door vehicle can travel up to 120 miles MPH on a single battery charge and has a top speed of 40 MPH. As a result its relatively low speed, the Strati is not meant to be used on the highway, but it is great for local transportation. When production begins prices are expected to be between $20,000 and $30,000.
The Strati offers a couple of benefits over traditionally manufactured vehicles. For example, printing cars reduces the need for tools and labor costs, making it cheaper to produce. It also takes significantly less time to manufacture. By reducing manufacturing costs, savings can be pasted on to consumers. This breakthrough makes driving an electric car affordable for any budget. Another benefit is that printing cars is more environmentally friendly than the traditional methods of manufacturing. This is because printing produces much less waste.
The creation of the first printable car is a major breakthrough. Not only is the production process environmentally friendly, but its affordability and rapid production time will allow more people take advantage of the benefits offered by electric cars. This will further reduce our carbon footprint.