There's an old saying in the movie business: The French are funny, sex is funny, and comedy is funny. So why aren't French sex comedies funny?
Similarly, we might ask: 3-D printing is happening and electric cars are definitely happening. So why aren't 3D-printed electric cars happening?
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Well, turns out they are - or will be soon, at any rate. The Arizona-based manufacturer Local Motors hopes to bring the first 3D-printed production car to market in 2017.
It's called the LM3D Swim, and if all goes according to plan, around 90 percent of the vehicle will eventually be printed. Early iterations of various Local Motors designs have been touring around various international auto shows. The company hopes to be the first to market with an electric car that's mass-produced, radically customizable, and priced for the average buyer.
The LM3D is powered by a series of battery cells that run up and through the middle of the 3D-printed body panels and chassis. The printed materials will be made from a blend of 80 percent ABS plastic and 20 percent carbon fiber, although that may change as the company fiddles with the recipe.
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Because each car will be created with additive manufacturing techniques, buyers can customize the look and shape of their individual vehicle.
For safety reasons, the basic chassis will be identical, but cars could look radically different even though each is built on the same platform. By individually "skinning" each car, Local Motors hopes to offer a wide range of styles, from buggy to sportscar.
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All vehicles will be manufactured at the company's "microfactory." currently under construction in Knoxville, Tennessee. Local Motors hopes to begin presales in 2016 with a targeted price of $53,000.
Check out the company's crazy time-lapse manufacturing video below.