Local Motors Reveals 3D Printed Car Design, Shows Off Test Mule
Local Motors is probably best known for its Rally Fighter, but it has also created all sorts of unique vehicles in recent years including the Racer motorcycle, Verrado drifting tricycle and a motorized bicycle called the Cruiser. Next up for the crowd-sourcing company is an electric vehicle that will be created completely from the process of 3D printing.
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The design contest for this latest Local Motors creation recently ended, and the winning design is shown above with the official name, Strati. Aside from its electric drivetrain, which will be pulled from a Renault Twizy, the rest of the car will be printed over a span of five days this Septemberat the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, IL.
More than 200 designs were submitted, and the winning entry was created by Michele Anoé from Italy, who wins $5,000 and a trip to Chicago for the live printing of this car. Another six finalists received $1,000 for their designs, which can be seen at the Local Motors website.
While the Strati won’t be printed for a few more months, Local Motors is still developing the process for the Strati’s creation. Like any other automaker, it had to create a test mule in order to work out any kinks with the drivetrain and some 3D printed body components, and this mule recently made its driving debut. Local Motors released a video of the car cruising around the parking lot.
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