Local Motors, a small startup based in Phoenix plans to produce the world’s first 3D printed cars. Though 3D printed cars have been manufactured in the past, this firm is planning to produce them, which is indeed quite interesting.
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The most important factor is the way these cars are made. They are 3D printed in ‘micro factories’ which has a 3D printer and a CNC machine. It does not take a lot of time to set these factories up, and one of them has been set up at the Detroit auto show. Local Motors will also be opening two more micro factories at National Harbour, Washington D.C. and Knoxville, Tennesse, apart from the one at its headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. Micro factories occupy only 40,000 square feet of space.
Strati is the model which is currently made and tested by Local Motors and it was selected from over 200 designs which were submitted online. Dubbed as co-creation, this concept helps users and fans alike to get a chance to have the car of their dreams 3D printed. Strati means ‘layers’ and it denotes the process of 3D printing. It takes 44 hours and 212 layers to print this car, but it can be improved, and this is very economical. John Rogers Jr., the CEO of Local Motors said that the main aim of the firm was to create more micro factories and increase jobs, while reducing transportation and other costs by 97%.
Written and Edited by Kemmy for The Wheels and Chips Journal
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