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World’s first 3D printed road-ready car

posted 10 November 2015 at 18:40:35

US car manufacturer Local Motors stunned the automotive industry at last year’s Chicago IMTS car show by live-printing the Strati, the world’s first 3D printed car. Now LM has unveiled its latest offering at this month’s Las Vegas SEMA auto show. The LM3D Swim electric car will be their first completely road-ready vehicle, and is the first in a series.

The LM3D Swim is based on a design by Kevin Lo, winner of the company’s Project Redacted challenge – a competition to find the next generation of 3D printed cars. It has a beach-buggy style and is intended to be safe, smart and sustainable. And LM certainly can’t be accused of dragging their heels over the design stage – the whole process, from initial design to finished prototype took just over two months.

About 75 percent of the LM3D Swim is 3D printed on a BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) machine, including most of the body panels and chassis, but eventually they expect to print as much as 90 percent of the car. It’s then finished off with a router, to give it a smoother, more refined look. LM plans for this to be the first in a series of models, with the next one being a Sport version. The LM3D Swim will be available for pre-orders via a crowdfunding campaign in Spring 2016, with a target price of USD $53,000.