Local Motors Debuts World’s First 3D-Printed Car LM3D At SEMA In Las Vegas

Posted: Nov 4 2015, 9:52pm CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

Local Motors Debuts World’s First 3D-Printed Car LM3D at SEMA in Las Vegas
LM3D Swim outside Local Motors headquarters in Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Local Motor’s LM3D Swim car will go for pre-sale in Spring 2016 at $53,000!

Local Motors 3D printing competition winning car will be available for pre-sale in spring 2016.

Earlier in the year Local Motors held a 3D car printing competition. The competition entitled building a roadworthy car. The car had to be built using the 3D printing technology. The winner was crowned in July and the vehicle was named LM3D Swim.

The LM3D Swim will now go into production and be available for sale by next year. The LM3D Swim will come with a starting price of $53,000. The car will be available for pre-order by Spring of 2016 and available in retail later.

The car as can be seen is an undeniably cool design. However there are a few catches. The car being built by Local Motors will be sold under the banner of an unknown company. Local Motors does not have a strong presence in the automobile industry.

So basically buyers will have to risk purchasing a car built using an untested manufacturing technique. Similarly the car will first be launched on the crowd-funding page Indiegogo. So early purchasers will have to take another risk on the crowd-funding page.

For its defence Local Motors does have a history of building cars quickly. Local Motors has also worked with DARPA in the past. The prototype of LM3D has already been built by Local Motors. The prototype was complete by the 18th of September. According to Local Motors customers will be able to choose from a wide range of aesthetic features.

“In the past few months our engineers have moved from only a rendering to the car you see in front of you today,” Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers told the crowd at SEMA. “We are using the power of DDM to create new vehicles at a pace unparalleled in the auto industry, and we’re thrilled to begin taking orders on 3D-printed cars next year.”

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