For years, consumers have only been able to appreciate the form of Local Motors' LM3D Swim in conceptual renderings. While many designs get stuck at this stage and require technology to catch up, the LM3D Swim is a next-generation car that's forging ahead as an innovator in both automotive and 3D printing technology.
At the SEMA show in Las Vegas this year, Local Motors debuted its innovative LM3D Swim made of 75% 3D-printed parts. The innovative auto manufacturer is set to begin pre-selling models for $53,000 in 2016 and deliver them in early 2017. One of the last steps that must be completed before cars are sold is that the LM3D must pass federal crash testing.
The disruptive Local Motors' LM3D Swim is one to watch as an indicator of the role of 3D printing role in the automotive industry.