At the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS)�in Chicago, Arizona-based automobile manufacturer�Local Motors�stole the show. Over the six day span of the IMTS, the company managed to 3D print, and assemble an entire automobile, called the ‘Strati’, live in front of spectators.
They managed to print and construct the entire vehicle in just six days.
This breakthrough was made possible by a machine produced by�Cincinnati Inc., in cooperation with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The�Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine�is capable of printing at speeds unheard of on traditional 3D printers.
It is unbelievably able to�lay down up to 40 pounds of carbon infused ABS plastic per hour, with precise accuracy. After an exciting six days of printing, in front of a live audience, the vehicle is finally complete Both the LSEV (Low Speed Electric Vehicle) and highway-ready vehicles will be manufactured at the company's new Knoxville, TN microfactory, which is slated to open this November.
While the final price for the highway-ready vehicle has not been announced, the company says that the LSEV (Low Speed Electric Vehicle) vehicle will be priced between $18,000 and $30,000.