Local Motors Plans to 3D Print a Car

We're in the midst of a manufacturing revolution thanks to 3D printing. Last month, a Chinese company 3D printed 10 houses in a single day. Now U.S.-based Local Motors plans to 3D print a car.
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We're in the midst of a manufacturing revolution thanks to 3D printing. Last month, a Chinese company 3D printed 10 houses in a single day. Now U.S.-based Local Motors plans to 3D print a car.
Local Motors Rally Fighter

A crowd-designed Rally Fighter. Photo Credit: Local Motors

Local Motors in Phoenix is planning to 3D print a car at the upcoming International Manufacturing & Technology Show (IMTS). The car, which will be printed in just one day, will be made out of carbon fiber reinforced thermo plastic (CFRP). That means the electric car will be much stronger than the usual aluminum-made vehicles.

The company hopes to produce a car with less than 20 parts, and is totally customizable for customers. That means the customer will choose how many seats they want, whether the car will be electric- or gas-powered, and be able to personalize every single aspect of the vehicle.

It's not just cars that are being 3D printed. Just last month, a company called WinSun Decoration Design Engineering in China 3D printed 10 houses in just one day. That's 10 full-sized houses made from quick-drying concrete, costing less than $5,000 a house. 

 What does this mean for the future of manufacturing? Faster, cheaper and environmentally-friendly products that can be produced labor-free. 

IMTS will be taking place September 8 to 13 at McCormick Place in Chicago.