First 3D printed car
The winner of the the first 3D Printed Car Design Challenge has been announced. Run by US car manufacturer Local Motors Inc, the winning vehicle is named Strati and is the brainchild of Italian Michele Anoé.
Over 200 entries were submitted to the competition, but the winning prototype can be seen in the images below. The Strati was printed live in 44 hours between 8-13 September and is currently on show at the The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
The entire framework and chassis is 3D printed with standard components like the battery, motor, wiring and suspension made from the usual materials.
After its assembly and initial showcase, the Strati will ne housed at AMT’s Emerging Technology Center (ETC). The hope is thta the Strati can be a pioneer in car production and that 3D cars could soon be the modern way.
The tech behind the ‘Strati’
Internal Strut Frame
Weight saving vertical struts within the frame
Supports external surfaces due to 3D printing’s inability to bridge horizontal gaps
Part of the structural support spine in the passenger compartment
Lightweight interior design method
3D printed crumple zones
Convertible roof system