Fully Functional 3D “Printed” Car Made in 44 Hours

September 22, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

The Strati, a fully functional 3D printed car, is printed, built, and driven at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), held earlier in September at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. More than 110,000 people witnessed the representatives from Cincinnati Incorporated—a 115-year-old industrial machine manufacturer from Ohio, Local Motors—a new creative manufacturing Arizona company, and the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee print the working electric car layer by layer using carbon fiber reinforced polymer composite.

In 2013, the US Department of Energy launched the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), which includes funding from the DOE, and a focus on R&D for future funding opportunities. Scientists at A new DOE Carbon Fiber Technology Facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., are conducting research to reduce the cost of carbon fiber, which is a critical material for energy efficient lightweight vehicles, next generation wind turbines and a wide array of other consumer and industrial products.

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