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From bump keys and earbuds to a RoboCop suit and edible raspberries, 3D printing has undoubtedly made its presence felt in the GoExplore headlines. This time things get even more serious with a 3D printed car.

Brought to us by Local Motors, the Strati took about 44 hours to print and 2 days to assemble at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. According to the brief of the project, “The fundamental issue is, what can be done to reduce the initial investment in producing a design, reduce the part count, and reduce the follow-up investment that will be required if the design changes?”

With that in mind, the team behind the world’s first 3D printed car managed to put together a fully functional car using only 40 parts when a normal car features more than 20,000. Using a hybrid additive/subtractive machine that can print large parts at high speed, Local Motors managed to create something that could revolutionize the car production process as we know it.
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Now that has alot of potential , Ultra lost cost and efficient cars .
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Wow.
Awaiting for world's first 3D printed space shuttle
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Not sure how viable this is for real cars. Most parts of a car need to be made of metal and from what I have read from companies like Konigsegg, 3D printed metal parts are a fair bit weaker than forging and even casting. But are very good for non load bearing parts. They are using metal 3D printing for turbos and exhaust parts.
 
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"you wouldn't download a car"... Someone has to be up to this already. biggrin.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Juunsten View Post

"you wouldn't download a car"... Someone has to be up to this already. biggrin.gif

I never understood this.. I'd definitely download a car biggrin.gif
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..... and then there's safety .... We are no longer driving tin cans, but now plastic.

And I was a bit bummed to see that it wasnt all 3d printer... they still need to add the engine, tires and all that stuff.

Id see more use if it was just the body. Someone could build a cheap car that would let you swap out the body with a few nuts and bolts.
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This is only the beginning. The applications are endless and in time cars will be entirely 3D printed.
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Shockingly they didn't print random futuristic car from some sci-fi movie frown.gif
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are they going to print ones that dont look awful?

also, print me a 69 charger with a big block in it please, itll save me a lot of time restoring mine.
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