Would You Drive An Electric Car That Came Out Of A Printer?

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It's not the worst thing to come out of a printer, right?

Local Motors shockedthe industry with the 3D-printed Strati at last year’s Detroit Auto Show andwith its monstrous, road-legal Rally Fighter. Currently, the Arizona-basedcompany is hard at work on creating the first lineup of 3D-printed electriccars. Before you goscoffing at the idea of driving around town in a printed vehicle, Local Motors hasalready shown that its 3D-printed vehicles can work in the real world and the conceptlooks much better than most vehicles on the road today.

John B. Rogers,CEO and co-founder of Local Motors, stated: "At Local Motors, we are hellbenton revolutionizing manufacturing. Car manufacturers have been stamping partsthe same way for more than 100 years. We now have the technology to make theprocess and products better and faster by linking the online to the offlinethrough DDM. This process will create better and safer products, and we are doingexactly that."

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Community contestwinner, Kevin Lo, is responsible for the radical design of the project named Reload Redacted—Swim/Sport. His design was chosen by a panel of independent adjudicators, which happened to include Jay Leno, who praisedthe design. The concept of the vehicle is simple, but revolutionary. A 3D-printed flexible chassis will serve as the base, while customers can choosebetween different body styles. Local Motors plans to debut anelectric vehicle in the first quarter of 2016 that customers can actuallypurchase.

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