LM Industries Group looks to accelerate automotive 3D printing.
Local Motors, Launch Forth combining design tech with microfactories to create world first digital OEM.
Arizona-based additive manufacturing company Local Motors, known for their 3D printed vehicles, has announced the formation of LM Industries Group, a technology-enabled manufacturer focused on mobility products.
Describing itself as “the world’s first digital OEM,” LM Industries Group plans to apply 3D printing technology to create and assemble products that will take a year or less to complete. LM Industries will act as the new parent company of Local Motors and its sister company, Launch Forth. The two subsidiaries will combine Launch Forth’s design technology with Local Motor’s micro-factories to create one manufacturing process.
Currently Local Motors is working with the U.S. Marine Corps on a Modular Logistics Vehicle (MLV), as well as putting plans in place for an unmanned cargo system. This vehicle system allows for customizable adjustments to improve the experience for the Marines and their corresponding operations.
Local Motors is also working with insurance company, Allianz, to create a wheelchair that be customized to match a variety of different environments or activity levels. As head of global market management and distribution at Allianz, Jean-Marc Pailhol has joined the LM Industries board to hep guide future product development and global partnerships.