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First 3D printed car coming soon

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Local Motors is set to manufacture its first electric vehicle built through 3D-printing technologies.

The automotive firm says that AMT -- the Association For Manufacturing Technology -- is the first customer to line up for its 3D-printed car. The vehicle will be built and shown off at the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, running 8 - 13 September this year.

In 2012, Local Motors built their flagship Rally Fighter from the ground up in five days over the course of the six-day show, and this year, the company hopes to show how 3D printing technology can not only be used in architecture, design and prosthetics, but also to slice the production costs of future vehicles.

"Local Motors is undeniably the first disruptive entrant into the U.S. automotive industry in decades," said Bonnie Gurney, Director of Communications for AMT. "The innovations they are driving in the design, manufacture and sale of vehicles has been empowering individual innovators since 2007. Partnering with them to deliver safer, more functional, lightweight and efficient vehicles via new, innovative manufacturing technologies is core to our commitment to bring global technology advancements to the local level."

The finished vehicle will be used as an example of how sustainable green technologies can reduce life-cycle energy and greenhouse gas emissions, prompt lower production costs, and create new products and opportunities for high paying jobs.

Via: Business Wire 

— By on February 20, 2014, 2:11 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure