Arizona car company manufactures vehicle with 3D printer

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ARIZONA (FOX) – Would you drive a car made of 3d printed material?

Well, it’s here.

FOX’s Matt Finn shows us the new car that’s fully functional, and will soon hit the streets.

This unique looking electric vehicle isn’t just another small, energy-efficient car.

It’s made of 95 percent printed material.

Rogers says: “It’s Willy Wonka for vehicle innovation.”

Arizona-based Local Motors designs, prints and will sell this strati-ev model.

It isn’t street-legal yet but is fully functional.

It’ll cost about 18 thousand dollars.

Finn says: “This electric car was printed in a matter of about 45 hours and if we were to take it on the road right now it would go up to speeds of 50 miles per hour.”

The C.E.O. and co-founder of Local Motors says he had his “aha” moment working with foreign, luxury cars.

He decided to maximize modern tech by creating similar cars using far less tools and parts.

ROGERS says: “25,000 parts are what’s in these cars. Let’s get it down to 50.”

That’s exactly what Local Motors did.

Their 3-d printer can create almost anything.

For example, these chairs.

Designers upload a layout and the printer creates it using thousands of layers of liquid plastic.

The cars may look flimsy but the carbon-reinforced plastic is as strong as metal.

Local Motors say their cars will be the safest on the road because they’re able to use them in real crash tests then rebuild what didn’t work the next day.

Rogers says: “One of the key things we like to talk about and it’s right in our name is that we are local. We are made locally. And that’s so exciting when you think about bringing vehicle innovation from America all over the world.”

American innovation now printing cars.

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