Local Motors to make first 3D printed EV

Local Motors, maker of the microfactory-built Rally Fighter, has been contracted to deliver the first three-dimenstionally printed electric vehicle for showing at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago this September.

The car, designed by the unique Local Motors crowd-sourced design system, will be built for its first customer, The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), and will be delivered on September 8 for display at the IMTS 2014 show.

The car itself will be built using the advanced machinery available at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The car itself was designed by a global team of designers in competition to create the ultimate urban vehicle for Chicago drivers.

The IMTS is the longest-running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States and opens every other year at the McCormick Place Exhibition Center in Chicago, making it the perfect place to unveil this new design from Local Motors. At a previous show, Local Motors built a Rally Fighter street-legal dune car from the ground up over the five days of the show.

The finished vehicle will be used as an example of how sustainable green technologies can reduce life-cycle energy and greenhouse gas emissions, lower production cost, and create new products and opportunities for high paying jobs.

Aaron Turpen
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