Monday, July 13, 2015
Logobench Complaints - Ready Line of 3D Printed CarsPosted By: Logo Bench - 2:02 AM
For those of you who’ve mysteriously missed this story altogether, Local Motors is an innovative high-tech design company that designs, builds and commercially markets unusual vehicles. From bytes-to-bits, they are known for creating local micro manufacturing with large scale global innatives, complete with tons of hardware innovations to make every vehicle more unique than the next. They also work together with universities and various other research partners to further develop 3D printing technology.
'At Local Motors, we are hellbent on revolutionizing manufacturing,’ CEO and co-founder John B. Rogers, Jr. told reporters. ‘Car manufacturers have been stamping parts the same way for more than 100 years. We now have the technology to make the process and products better and faster by linking the online to the offline through DDM. This process will create better and safer products, and we are doing exactly that.’ A key role in their innovative process is also played by an active design community filled with car enthusiasts who love the possibility of customizing each and every vehicle. And that 3D printing is perfect for that was already illustrated by the Strati, designed by the Italian Michele Anoé (somewhat resembling a beach buggy).
As he explained, Lo spent nights and weekends working on his design using PTC Creo Design software, as he had just three weeks to complete it. ‘The idea behind my entry was you build that carbon-fiber tub [which would hold the batteries, motor, chassis and wheels] and you can put whatever body you want on it,’ he explained. ‘If you look at Strati, it was meant to be a one-piece body — which is a beautiful idea — but the reality is if you take it to a highway level... you have to include safety,’ said Lo. With his design, any part is easily removed and replaced with another 3D printed component, which is very useful in case of a collision. As the competition also required the use of off-the-shelf parts, the designs incorporate the tail lights from the Mazda Miata.
The winning entry was chosen by a complex voting process involving the Local Motors community and a professional judging panel that includes famous car nut Jay Leno, John Waraniak (SEMA Vice President of Vehicle Technology) and Geert Jan Schellekens (SABIC Senior Manager). The plan is to build a Low Speed Electric Vehicle (LSEV) version of the Swim/Sport by early 2016 (costing something around $18,000 to $30,000), with an full highway-worthy machine to debut later in the year.Jay Leno was one of the judges who picked Kevin Lo’s design as the winner. ‘You need something that makes you go ‘what’s that?’’ he said of it. ‘My top choice would be Reload Redacted - Swim/Sport because it’s sporty, fun and you can commute in it.’
And, as you might begin to expect from Local Motors, this first fleet is set to be a high tech driving machine. For the 3D printed car will be equipped with a battery technology developed through an electric power train test platform in collaboration with its community. It revolves around the same lithium ion chemistry used in existing electric vehicles and smartphones, but is set to be more efficient. One report suggests that they could produce three times the energy of existing motors, but weigh only half – perfect for a lightweight car.
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