Strati was the result of the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge run by crowd-source automotive firm Local Motors. It was announced in June that the car's designer Michele Anoé had won the challenge, having seen off competition from more than 200 entrants in more than 30 countries. Anoé won a US$5,000 cash prize and the honor of seeing Strati be printed at IMTS.
"Local Motors has a long standing relationship with the Association For Manufacturing Technology who runs the International Manufacturing Technology Show," Kate Hartley of Local Motors told Gizmag. "Two years ago, the team at AMT invited Local Motors to build Local Motor's first crowdsourced vehicle, the Rally Fighter, over the 5-day show. This year, we decided to 3D-print a car."
Local Motors claims that Strati is the world's first 3D printed car, although the 2010 Urbee is one of a number of projects that might also stake a claim to that title. Local Motors argues, however, that the Urbee used only 3D printed panels and features, whilst relying on a standard internal structure. Every part of the the Strati that isn't "mechanically involved," it says, is 3D printed.