Local Motors Unveils LM3D Swim 3D-printed concept car

Concept Cars, Technology 13 Nov 2015
Local Motors Unveils LM3D Swim 3D-printed concept car

At this year’s SEMA show, Local Motors has presented the LM3D Swim, a new concept car that marks another step towards the development of a fully homologated 3D-printed vehicle.


According to Local Motors’ plans, in spring 2016 it will start pre-selling the first cars built using direct digital manufacturing (DDM) – of which 3D printing is a part. The targeted MSRP is $53,000, while the first deliveries are expected in early 2017.

Local Motors LM3D Swim Concept at SEMA 2015

The latest concept follows the presentation of the world’s first 3D-printed car at SEMA last year, and is now moving into testing and development phases.

Local Motors LM3D Swim Concept at SEMA 2015

The LM3D Swim was designed by Kevin Lo, a Local Motors community member who won the company’s Project Redacted challenge in July.

The winning design was chosen by community votes and a judging panel that included former Tonight Show host Jay Leno and SEMA Vice President of Vehicle Technology John Waraniak.

That competition was hosted on Local Motors’ co-creation platform, Open IO, with the goal of identifying designs for the next generation of 3D-printed cars.

Software developed by Siemens, including Solid Edge®, allowed the Local Motors product development team to move quickly from concept to car with the simplicity of direct modeling and flexibility of synchronous technology. SABIC, a world leader in thermoplastic material solutions, provided the materials used to build the body of LM3D Swim.

Local Motors LM3D Swim Concept at SEMA 2015

Local Motors recently partnered with IBM to create interactions between the microfactory, 3D-printed vehicles, their drivers and the outside environment, aqlso through the development and launch of a series of apps and vehicle products to connect, monitor and optimize the driving experience.

All cars in the LM3D series will be built at a new Local Motors microfactory now under construction in Knoxville, Tennessee, which is slated for completion by the end of 2015.

(Source: Local Motors)

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