Local Motors is keen to bring 3D printing into larger focus within the automotive world. Certain automakers or component manufacturers might make a part this way, but Local Motors is looking to make a nearly complete car using 3D printing. Recently, Local Motors showed us this was possible by way of a prototype concept. Now it seems the company is moving closer to a production ready version.
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It’s called the LM3D Swim, and Local Motors plans on pre-selling models in the spring of 2016. The body is comprised of thermoplastic materials, and the car will be built at a new Local Motors factory. This new plant is currently under construction in Knoxville, Tennessee, and it should be finished by the end of 2015.
The Swim will be the first of a series of cars under the LM3D name. Local Motors is currently working on crash testing and highway certification for the Swim ahead of its actual production and sales. What’s it going to cost to put a 3D-printed car in your driveway? Local Motors has a target price of $53,000.
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