It was during the next International Manufacturing & Technology Show in Chicago which will be held next September that Local Motors will unveil the prototype of its project The 3D Printed Car.
Launched a few months ago, this project aims to create a car in 3D printing, a car completely customizable and that might foreshadow the car of tomorrow. The car being printed at Local Motors will consist of twenty plays.
When a pioneer of crowdsourcing in automotive are interested in 3D printing
Created by the charismatic Jay Rogers, Local Motors is an automaker in business model unique in the world. The design of its vehicles relies on crowdsourcing. Local Motors community has thus designed the Rally Fighter and led various projects for several industrial. The idea of Local Motors, implementing an online crowdsourcing coupled with a network of micromachined platform in order to build the cars closer to consumers. Today, this network of micromachined is limited to a single workshop in Arizona but multiple shared innovation projects are underway on the platform.
Local Motors rethinks the design of the car for 3D printing
Among these, “The 3D Printed Car”, a project of car printed in 3D which might revive the idea of the micro-factories.
The idea to print a 3D car is not completely new, but the arrival of new printable materials in 3D makes it the solution for making a car. It is in any case the challenge of Local Motors who designs his car in CFRP, carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic. Equal resistance, this material is twice as light as aluminum. Peter Diamandis, Member of the board of manufacturer of 3D printers Systems following its visit from Local Motors in Phoenix, revealed that the automaker hopes to carry a car in 20 parts only. Several models have been printed on a Makerbot Replicator 2, and already a few prototype parts scale 1 were produced in 3D printing.
On 8 September the IMTF venue to see what the Local Motors community imagined.
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Source : “What Will They 3D Print Next? Inside my trip to Local Motors“, Peter Diamandis, SingularityHub, May 15, 2015