We all have heard how 3D printing, also called Additive printing, is fast becoming another manufacturing alternative. According to Will Wei of the Business Insider, the plastic body panels of a small car were printed via a very large 3D printer.
At the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, Local Motors 3D printed a plastic car called the Strati.
Local Motors printed the car’s chassis and body all in one piece, and also printed the fenders separately. The first phase of the process took just 44 hours.
Then the non-printed components (engine, seats, steering wheel, etc.) were attached in the last stage of the assembly.
“A 3D printed car like ours will only have dozens of components,” Local Motors engineer James Earle told Business Insider. In the near future, he says, it could cost only about $7,000 to manufacture, perhaps the start of what will become a niche market for customized cars.

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