The Local Motors 3D-Printed Car Challenge, hosted by Local Motors in partnership with AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology, invited designers to submit their ideas for a car to be printed on-site at IMTS 2014, September 8-13. Out of 207 entries, seven designs were awarded: the overall winner, the community choice, and five innovation awards for design or technology that may influence the final produced vehicle that will be produced on the floor of Chicago’s McCormick Place.
The overall winning design was Strati by Harlock, from Michele A., which featured a retractable roof and a design said to be compatible with 3D printing. The car, which will be powered by electricity, will be built on-site during the six days of IMTS, using parts manufactured on the show floor. The finished car will be an example of how green technology can reduce life-cycle energy and greenhouse gas emissions, lower production costs, and create new products and opportunities for high paying jobs. The design concept behind the vehicle is to create a solution for the urban transportation needs of Chicago.