Ul­ti­mate cus­tom job yours

South Waikato News - - SPORT / TE PAPA HA¯ KINAKINA - By CHRIS WOOD­YARD

As if cre­at­ing your own 3-D printed car weren’t unique enough, the US company that vows to start sell­ing them in a year is of­fer­ing a com­pe­ti­tion to see how they can be cus­tomised.

Phoenix- based Lo­cal Mo­tors, which just dis­played its 3-D printed car at the SEMA after-mar­ket parts trade show in Las Ve­gas ear­lier this month, says 12 win­ners will have cars printed out for their use in try­ing to bring cre­ative cus­tomi­sa­tion ideas to them. Win­ners of the grand prize for most in­ter­est­ing cus­tomi­sa­tions will have their car dis­played at the SEMA show next year.

‘‘From rac­ing, to street, to show, car mod­i­fi­ca­tion has al­ways been the true soul of ve­hi­cle in­no­va­tion,’’ said Lo­cal Mo­tors CEO John Rogers in a state­ment.

‘‘At Lo­cal Mo­tors, our goal is to fuel the next great gen­er­a­tion of ‘hot rod­ders’ by putting the new­est tech­nol­ogy in their hands.’’

The end re­sult could be a cus­tomi­sa­tion of the ul­ti­mate cus­tomised car.

That’s be­cause the car is cre­ated from a weave of car­bon-fi­bre and plas­tic based on a de­sign on a com­puter screen. The com­puter de­sign is al­ready easy to mod­ify based on a cus­tomer’s de­sires.

As demon­strated in Las Ve­gas, mak­ing the car’s body and chas­sis takes about 40 hours – then other parts, like en­gine and wheels, are bolted on from there. The model shown in Las Ve­gas had about 50 parts.

Lo­cal Mo­tors says its ModMen Chal­lenge, as its call­ing it, opens in late Jan­uary.

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