Watch out, Brooklyn gearheads! The world’s first 3D-printed car, the Strati, chose to make its debut in New York’s hippest borough yesterday. Created by Phoenix-based Local Motors, the sporty little two-seater buggy was built in just 44 hours using a mere $3,500 worth of materials, and is one lean, 3D-printed road machine!
Although it’s hard to believe by looking at its sleek body, the revolutionary Strati was printed in one large piece using a BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) machine. The one-piece car frame, including the chassis and interior, is made out of carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic and weighs just under 2,000 pounds.
Thanks to its amazing feat as the world’s first completely 3D-printed car, Strati has just been honored with the 2014 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award. Jay Rogers, Co-founder and CEO of Local Motors, explains the inspiration for the Strati and its place in today’s consumer market: “This is about simplification and streamlining. All this material you’re looking at is about $3,500.”
Although the entire frame of the car—along with the exterior body and interior features—was printed in one piece, the mechanical components such as the electric battery, motors, wiring, and suspension are sourced from Renault’s electric car, the Twizy. The electric battery takes about 3½ hours to fully recharge the Strati, but with no seat belts, airbags, roof or windows, the current design isn’t exactly street legal. Yet.
For those of you road warriors who might be looking forward to picking up the cool 3D whip, you’ll have to wait just a bit longer to purchase the Strati. Due to U.S.vehicle registration regulations, the car will not be allowed on the road until sometime in 2015.