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Local Motors is pushing the technology further by printing a working auto in less than a week’s time:
The “Strati” car took the spotlight at last week’s International Manufacturing Show (IMTS) in Chicago. The Local Motors team took only six days to print out and assemble a working vehicle with a live audience looking on.
In just 44 hours, all chassis car parts were 3D printed on-site before assembly began. The Strati (Italian word for layers) only has 40 parts – an outstanding design achievement when compared to the 20,000+ components it takes to make an average car.
The printer was also one-of-a-kind. So called the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM), it is an advanced set-up from Cincinnati Inc. co-created with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The astonishing speed at which the car was created means 40 pounds of material was accurately laid down every hour! The engine, wheels and windshield were among the few components that couldn’t be manufactured through 3D printing.
Surrounded by an eager crowd, the Strati was able to drive out of its stage in the IMTS. The installed electric engine can make the car go as fast as 40 MPH with a range of 120 miles per charge. The Local Motors team were surprised by the low operation noise of the vehicle, a testament to the precision of 3D printing.
The Strati is a striking car with the size of a compact. The ridged surface characteristic of 3D printing contributes to the sturdy Batmobile look but the rounded shape is reminiscent of the classic Volkswagen Beetle. A fitting design that looks forward to the future but keeps in mind great manufacturing quality. Made of plastic reinforced with carbon, it is just as sturdy as it looks.
However, the Strati is not the first 3D-printed car ever made. Just last year, Urbee by designer Jim Kor was also built but that took 2,500 hours to complete. Now on its second model, the Urbee project sounds promising on paper and boasts fuel efficiency. In 2015, it plans to drive from San Francisco to New York with just 10 gallons of fuel.
Jay Baron, president of the Center for Automotive Research, recognizes the significance of 3D printing to the industry. He tells the press, “They’re going after manufacturing flexibility, low vehicle weight, and reducing tooling costs. It would be a disruptive technology that could be the launching pad for more technologies and more consumer choice.”
Adapted from http://www.psfk.com/2014/09/3d-printed-car-strati-six-days.html
Бесплатная трехмерная печать теперь доступна в библиотеке университета Carnegie. http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pittsburgh-Magazine/July-2014/You-Can-Now-3-D-Print-at-the-Carnegie-Library-For-Free/