Local Motors made a bit of news earlier this year when the company said it was planning to create a 3D-printed car. We first heard of the plan back in March. Then in June a design winner was announced. Just a few months later, the car has now been printed and driven.
It's called the Strati, and it came to life right on the floor of the International Manufacturing Show held in Chicago. The printing process took 44 hours, but Local Motors is refining the process with a goal time of just 24 hours.
Once assembled, the Strati is capable of driving at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. It's an electric city car with a driving range of about 60 miles. The driving mechanical bits were sourced from a Renault Twizy. This means the suspension, battery, wiring, and other pieces that don't come out of the printer.
Pricing for the Strati has not been officially announced, but it's expected to fall somewhere between $18,000 and $30,000. Local Motors is taking down email addresses of those interested in learning more about the car once it gets closer to the time when it's legal to be driven on public roads. That is expected to happen sometime in 2015.