In a few years, the car production process will become unrecognizable. New cars will no longer be built using currently used production lines, but will use the 3D printer. Several such projects are already being implemented, and one of the most promising is LM3D Swim.
LM3D Swim is a project implemented by Local Motors, which has won the competition for designing a road car made using 3D printing technology. Auto will hit the market in 2017 and will cost about $ 53k.
So far the project is still at a very early stage of development. The manufacturer has not yet selected suspension and power supply suppliers, as one might guess, not all cars will be printed, but only some of its components, including the bodywork and interior.
It is known, however, that the buyer will have a lot of opportunities to customize the vehicle according to his own preferences. Unfortunately, they will only be available at the client’s design stage. Once it is done, there will be no such possibility and the manufacturer does not foresee, for example, interchangeable panels of the car body, as is the case in Smarta.
It is not known exactly when the first car from the printer will go to the salons. The manufacturer claims that the first crash tests to assess the strength of the construction will begin no earlier than at the end of 2016. In the spring of the same year the pre-sale of the vehicle will begin, while the finished copies will be delivered to customers a year later.