Local Motors to develop and unveil 3D-printed EV at IMTS 2014
Collaborative designed EV to showcase cutting-edge digital manufacturing technologies.
The company – which crowd sources the design of niche vehicles and then sells kits of the finalized plans for local customers to build themselves – recently entered into a collaborative R&D partnership with US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). ORNL’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) focuses on developing additive, subtractive and direct digital manufacturing techniques to lower automotive production and environmental costs.
In conjunction with MDF at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the company says it will produce an electric vehicle purpose-built for the urban transportation needs of Chicago. As yet, the engineering and design of the car are still in flux, but the project page on Local Motor’s site says the goal is to fabricate the majority of the vehicle’s structure using a hybrid of additive/subtractive technologies and fit it with an all electric powertrain.
“IMTS is the perfect venue on which to showcase the next evolution of Local Motors’ World of Vehicle Innovations,“ said Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers. “To deliver the first co-created, locally relevant, 3D-printed vehicle on an international stage dedicated to celebrating cutting-edge manufacturing technology is powerful reinforcement of our commitment to driving the Third Industrial Revolution.”