The future is getting closer and closer to being the present. In fact, the future might just already be here.
The 2015 Detroit Auto Show keeps impressing us more and more with the exciting new technological advances that have been shown off over the course of the last week. We already mentioned some of our favorite new cars from the first week of the Auto Show, but car companies continue to dazzle us as the show goes on.
The technology presented over the last week in Detroit is guaranteed to improve car design in 2015, and large steps forward are being made in all areas of automotive design and production.
One particularly exciting, innovative car model that was rolled out in the last few days is the Local Motors Strati – the first car made almost exclusively by a 3D printer.
The new technology of 3D printing is accelerating advances in nearly all fields: medicine, construction, and yes, even automotive technology, to name just a few.
The Strati, which was first unveiled this past September has a body that is fully the result of 3D printing; although, the motor, the electronics, and other essential equipment had to be added on the old fashioned way.
While the Strati concept is very novel and unlike anything we’ve seen before, it still remains more of an exciting idea than a practical car at this point. The Strati is fully electric, and amounts to something of a cross between a golf cart and a dune buggy. The car can only reach speeds of around 50 miles per hour, not making it an everyday kind of car for the average American, at least not in its current form.
However, Local Motors is a very young company and is just getting started. Through this 3D printing technology, the small Arizona-based automakers might be revolutionizing the entire automotive industry, providing a much fancier alternative to traditional assembly line car production.
Unfortunately, you can’t get your hands on your own 2-door, 3D-printed car quite yet, but Local Motors is definitely on to something here, and it will be worth watching to see how their innovative idea progresses over the next few years.