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Local Motors Production 3D-Printed Car Revealed

Road-ready, electric four-seater will debut next year

Kelly Pleskot
Jul 9, 2015

Last year, Local Motors debuted the world's first 3D-printed car, and now it is ready to take its creations to production. The company has chosen new designs for a road-ready 3D-printed car that will debut next year.

The new renderings look quite a bit more substantial than what the automaker first revealed last year. The car offers seating for four people, and features a roof that can support long objects like surfboards. Local Motors says the design allows for flexibility since it can support many different styles and technologies.

Local Motors Reload Redacted 3D Printed Car with Surfboard Photo 2/12   |   Local Motors Reload Redacted 3D Printed Car Rendering

Local Motors will first introduce a low-speed electric vehicle version of this car in the first quarter of 2016. To prepare for the roll-out, it is testing out lithium-ion batteries as well as lithium-sulfur technology. Later in 2016, the company will print out a version of the car that is capable of running on the highway.

By printing cars on demand in a large 3D printer, Local Motors says it can save time and produce safer products compared to traditional methods of manufacturing. Designs can be customized on the fly based on a consumer's preferences, without the need for heavy retooling.

Local Motors Reload Redacted Photo 3/12   |   Local Motors Reload Redacted 3D Printed Car Rendering

The creation was the result of the Project Redacted challenge, a design competition judged by the Local Motors community, car enthusiast Jay Leno, and a number of other influential people in the automotive industry. It was first shown in Phoenix, Ariz., earlier this week. The winning design, called Reload Redacted, can be configured in two ways, including a beach-ready, dune-buggy-like "Swim" model and a sleeker "Sport" variant.

Source: Local Motors

Local Motors Reload Redacted 3D Printed Car Photo 4/12   |   Local Motors Reload Redacted 3D Printed Car Rendering
Local Motors 3D Printed Car at The Gallery 2015 Photo 8/12   |   Local Motors 3D Printed Car At The Gallery 2015
Local Motors Strati front three quarters Photo 12/12   |   Local Motors Strati
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