3D Printed Cars of the Future

By Ryan Koss

It’s now possible to make almost anything – thanks to 3D printing. And people are making amazing things with 3D printers. In fact, 3D printing is redefining many industries, as well as how we design, manufacture and sell products.

Strati is the world’s first 3D-printed electric vehicle. It took designers 44 hours to print the parts.

The Future of Transportation: 3D-Printed Rides
John “Jay” Rogers is the CEO of Local Motors. He’s working to use 3D printing to revolutionize the auto industry. Jay’s next-generation car company has a mission: to create an open source community that designs, builds and manufactures cars.

Rogers is no stranger to motors or gears; his grandfather owned Indian Motorcycle Company. And Jay himself is a self-professed gearhead. His company, Local Motors, is building Strati, the world’s first 3D-printed electric vehicle.

Strati’s Specs

  • Engine: 100% electric
  • Special Features: Electronic engine immobilizer, regenerative disc brakes
  • Drivetrain: Front and rear, rear-wheel drive
  • Transmission: Automatic, single-speed
  • Battery: 6.1-kwh battery, 62-mile range, 3.5-hour charge time
  • Motor: 5 bhp or 17 bhp, 42 lb-ft torque
  • Body Construction: Approx. 212 layers, direct digital-manufactured vehicle (DDMV)
  • Body Material: Carbon-fiber-reinforced ABS plastic
  • Top Speed: Approx. 50mph
  • Wheels: Custom-made

Founded 5 years ago, and with 60,000 car designs already on the board, Rogers believes that he has the solution consumers want when purchasing a new car: Cut out the middleman.

With the Strati, Local Motors hopes to change how consumers purchase vehicles by limiting waste and streamlining production. Intended to be a car for the masses, the Strati can travel up to 150 miles on a single electric charge and will reach dealerships in 2016, with an expected cost of $18,000 to $30,000.

Constructed from carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic, the two-person vehicle is made up of only 49 parts. That’s impressive, especially when compared to a typical car, which can consist of 5,000 to 6,000 parts.

Create the Next Industrial Revolution
If you’re looking for weird things made with a 3D printer, Strati is a prefect example. If you want to be like Local Motors and create a revolution using 3D printers, why not use Digital Media Academy to help create your start-up?

A human head is printed after the subject is scanned, using computers.

At Digital Media Academy, students are guided through project-based courses, led by industry professionals. Students’ imaginations are transformed into reality with cutting-edge 3D printing and modeling technology in 3D Printing & Industrial Design.

Students explore industrial design while modeling 3D objects on the computer, then discover how to prepare their creations for 3D printing. They learn the design process through CAD (computer-aided design) modeling and then fine-tune their creations.

I will not fight the future
The future is here. Start designing…and 3D printing it…today!