Local Motors chooses design inspiration for 3D printed cars

Local Motors chooses design inspiration for 3D printed cars

Reload Redacted design will serve as basis for future printed vehicles.

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Phoenix, Arizona – Local Motors has announced the winner of its Project Redacted challenge, a design competition to inspire for the world’s first fleet of 3D-printed cars – Reload Redacted - Swim/Sport by Kevin Lo.

In addition to its revolutionary design, the entry showcases many benefits of direct digital manufacturing (DDM), including the ability to create a completely customizable vehicle. What’s more, its design boasts a flexible foundation that can support many different styles and technology options.

Local Motors is the first company to utilize DDM in vehicle production, with the goal of decreasing the amount of tooling while increasing speed to market for highway-ready vehicles. Local Motors proved the ability to build vehicles with DDM when it debuted the world’s first 3D-printed car, the Strati, At the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

“At Local Motors, we are hellbent on revolutionizing manufacturing,” says John B. Rogers Jr., CEO and co-founder of Local Motors. “Car manufacturers have been stamping parts the same way for more than 100 years. We now have the technology to make the process and products better and faster by linking the online to the offline through DDM. This process will create better and safer products, and we are doing exactly that.”

Local Motors launched Project Redacted to challenge the co-creation community to imagine and design the next generation of 3D-printed cars. The winning entry will act as the foundation for the world’s first, and yet-to-be-named, road-ready 3D-printed vehicles. Local Motors plans to design, build, and sell a low speed electric vehicle (LSEV) iteration, planned to debut in Q1 2016, as well as a fully homologated highway-ready version later that year.

The winning entry was chosen after a voting process that tapped the Local Motors community, as well as a professional judging panel, including former Tonight Show host and car enthusiast Jay Leno, SEMA Vice President of Vehicle Technology John Waraniak, and SABIC Senior Manager Geert Jan Schellekens.

“You need something that makes you go ‘what’s that?’” Leno says of the winning entry. “My top choice would be Reload Redacted - Swim/Sport because it’s sporty, fun and you can commute in it.”

Source: Local Motors