Ultimate custom job yours
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.
USA Today/Tribune News Service