From Plastic to Car in Just 44 Hours
We know 3D printing has come a long way and were aware that printed cars would be coming but not many people would have thought they would be a reality as early as next week.
Yes, the first printed car will arrive this weekend. OK, it’s not all printed there are some components that will be added, these are the motor, battery, wiring, seats, windshield, suspension, wheels and tires, steering wheel, windows, and headlamps. But the main body is all going to be printed and built up layer by layer from carbon-reinforced plastics. Its expected to be driven out of Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center and onto the streets of the windy city before the end of this weekend.
The printed shell of the car is expected to take a little over 44 hours to create and then a team of technicians will add all the moving parts and components that can’t be printed. Once this has been done the car, call Strati, should be ready to hit the streets.
Its approach is fairly unique as rather than printing parts individually and then assembling them, the main body will be printed as one individual module using something called the BAAM machine. This stands for Big Area Additive Manufacturing and has a deposition rate of 40 pounds per hour.
It’s all set to take place at the International Manufacturing Technology Show or IMTS for short, which is being held in the windy city this week and attracts some 100,000 attendees. It will be interesting to see if this method of car manufacturing catches on and it’s certainly an cool development in the field of 3D printing.
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