Strati 3D Printed Car
The Strati is a pretty sweet car - and they just printed the first one in Chicago last weekend. Well, at least the main body of the car, anyway.
(Strati 3D Printed Car)
The Strati components that aren’t printed in the trade show microfactory from carbon reinforced ABS plastic (see, another acronym; photo right) will be added to the car by a company called Local Motors. The company also creates specialty cars and motorcycles using more traditional construction techniques.
The built-up, 3D-printed body comprises everything that doesn’t move, doesn’t need to be clear, or doesn’t conduct electricity. Local Motor additions include the motor, battery, wiring, seats, windshield, suspension, wheels and tires, steering wheel, windows, and headlamps. AMT touts the American nature of the operation. France’s Renault supplies much of the EV running gear, though, sourced from the components that go into its Twizy electric cars.
Fans of Philip K. Dick know about the Biltong life forms from his 1956 short story Pay for the Printer. These strange creatures from the Centaurus system could effectively "print out" a duplicate of a reference object placed before them.
The Biltongs are perhaps the earliest example of the idea that it would be possible to make copies of three-dimensional objects directly, without manufacturing. Even cars.
"Can your Biltong print for more than a hundred people?" John Dawes asked softly.
"Right now he can," Fergesson answered. He proudly indicated his Buick. "You rode in it - you know how good it is. Almost as good as the original it was printed from…"
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