3D-PRINTED CAR SWIMMING INTO THE FUTURE
YOU could be looking at the future of the motor car.
Less than four months after it revealed designs for nextgeneration 3D-printed car, Local Motors has unveiled LM3D Swim.
It’s the latest step in a process that could lead to fully homologated 3Dprinted vehicle — designed to be safe, smart and sustainable.
The “disruptive” auto manufacturer will begin pre-selling models in the northern spring next year.
Local Motors stunned automotive world by live-printing world’s first 3D-printed car at Las Vegas SEMA motor show last
It is now moving into intensive testing and development phases that will culminate with a road-ready, fully homologated series of cars built using direct digital manufacturing (DDM) — of which 3D printing is a part. The LM3D Swim was designed by Kevin Lo, a Local Motors community member who won the company’s Project Redacted challenge in July. The competition hosted on
Motors’ co-creation platform, Open IO, with goal of identifying designs for next generation 3Dprinted cars.
Software developed by Siemens, including Solid Edge, allowed the Local Motors product development team to move quickly from concept to car with the simplicity of direct modelling and flexibility synchronous technology.
SABIC, a world leader in thermoplastic material solutions, provided the materials used to build body of LM3D Swim. Cutting-edge technology will be integrated into all models in the LM3D series.
Local Motors recently partnered with IBM to create interactions between the microfactory, 3D-printed vehicles, their drivers and the outside environment in ways never achieved before.
These technologies will result in increased safety efficiency traffic.
Local Motors plans to use partners such as IBM, as well as other leading technology companies, develop and launch a series of apps vehicle products connect, monitor optimise the driving experience.
While presales cars are expected to begin next year with a targeted price of $US53,000, manufacturing and delivery of the vehicles are in early 2017.