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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.

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