3D printing was unheard of a decade ago, yet today the technology has advanced to the point where the world is about to get its first 3D-printed car. Local Motors just announced plans to launch their LM3D Swim car next year. The car is comprised of mostly 3D-printed parts, and it will be available as soon as next spring at a price point of $53,000.
Local Motors unveiled the LM3D Swim at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas. “In the past few months our engineers have moved from only a rendering to the car you see in front of you today,” Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers told the crowd at SEMA. “We are using the power of DDM to create new vehicles at a pace unparalleled in the auto industry, and we’re thrilled to begin taking orders on 3D-printed cars next year.”
The electric LM3D Swim is made up of approximately 75 percent 3D-printed parts, although Local Motors hopes to increase that number to 90 percent in the near future. Local Motors plans to release several new models in the LM3D series throughout 2016. Sales of the cars are expected to begin in Spring 2016 with a starting price around $53,000, but the first models won’t be delivered until early 2017. All the vehicles will be produced in the U.S. at Local Motors new micro-factory in Knoxville, Tennessee.