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BEHOLD: The world's first 3D printed car

The Strati is the world’s first 3D-printed car

What you are looking at is the Strati – the Italian word for layers – and it is the world’s first 3D printed car which was recently unveiled at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, USA.

Wondering how 3D printing works? 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes, wherein an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created.

The Strati offers an electric drive train and consists of only 49 parts, around 98% less than a standard production car. Reports say that Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors, want buyers “in the not-too-distant future, be able to walk into a car dealership, choose a design and have a 3D printed car by the end of the day”