World’s first 3D printed car unveiled

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(CNN) – Imagine if you could build a car yourself, to your exact specifications, instantly!

With the push of a button, entrepreneurs took a major step toward making that a reality this weekend in Chicago.

This car is the “Strati”, and its inventors say it is the world’s first 3D printed electric vehicle.

The car didn’t come off an assembly line. Instead, it was literally “printed” out of carbon fiber and plastic, using a giant 3D printer.

Glass windows, headlights, the motor and battery, and a few other parts were added later.

One of the creators says his motivation to 3D print a car came from his belief that cars weren’t being produced quickly enough.

The Strati’s creators say it took just 44 hours to build the car, and it used fewer than 50 parts!

Just don’t plan on much highway driving in this tiny car, because it can only get up to about 40 miles an hour.

The battery lasts about 120 miles between charges.

Engineers working on the Strati say they hope to bring the vehicle to market as early as next year. They estimate it would retail for about $18,000 to $30,000.

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