US firm to begin selling 3D printed car

US automotive technology firm Local Motors has announced plans to begin selling the world’s first commercially available 3D printed car later this year.


The company, which produced and then demonstrated a 3D-printed car at last year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas has revealed that it’s now moving into an intensive testing and development phase for its LM3D Swim vehicle, which it hopes to begin manufacturing in early 2017.

Local Motors hopes to begin manufacturing the partially 3D printed car in early 2017
Local Motors hopes to begin manufacturing the partially 3D printed car in early 2017

The car, which was developed through a competition aimed at identifying designs for 3D-printed cars, will actually be produced using a combination of additive and subtractive techniques at a purpose built “microfactory” in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The company hopes that this new approach to automotive manufacturing will enable it create new vehicles more rapidly than has been possible in the past.

According to a statement on its website, the firm also hopes to work with partners including IBM and Siemens on the development of a range of connectivity and monitoring technologies that will help make driving safer and more efficient.