3D Printing Vehicles at Local Motors

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Local Motors is a car manufacturer located in Knoxville, Tennessee.

This information might sound quite irrelevant, but there is one characteristic about this manufacturer that differentiates it from all the others: the vehicles structural components are 3D printed.

The company started gaining attention thanks to Olli, a 3D printed, self-driving, smart shuttle. The vehicle was introduced in 2016 and made its way to the University of Buffalo where researchers will use it to conduct comprehensive testing of autonomous and connected vehicles.

 

 

Local Motors uses all types of 3D printers, from desktop models to Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) 3D printers, to manufacture prototypes, tools, and large end-use parts.

In the video below, Brittany Stotler, vice president of marketing, explains the ways that Local Motors’ Knoxville, Tennessee, micro-factory is leveraging and advancing 3D-printing technology.

 

 

Via mmsonline.com

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