Local Motors USA: Local Motors is an American motor vehicle manufacturing company. It focused on low-volume manufacturing of open-source motor vehicle designs using multiple microfactories. It founded in 2007 by Jay Rogers. The headquarters situated in Phoenix, Arizona. The company’s current vehicles include the Rally Fighter and their 3D-printed Strati and Swim vehicles. The company produce vehicles using 3D Printing and utilizes vehicle designs provided by the online community. The company launched an autonomous electric-powered shuttle named Olli in 2016.
2007; 10 years ago
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Local Motors’ website is a community focusing on vehicle innovation. The content made by the users who discuss designing, engineering, and building innovative vehicles. Members contribute their own ideas and projects which discussed with the community. Co-creation is a technique used by Local Motors, General Electric, and LEGO to enhance new product development. Select organizations have partnered with the company to facilitate co-creation of their products including US Army, Domino’s, and Airbus. Local Motors uses Co-designing type of customer co-creation in which the selective process is made by its community. Some features such as frame and structure are scoped by the company.
The Rally Fighter the first model manufactured by Local Motors. It is an Open sourced vehicle . The car launched in 2010 after 12 months of development. It constitutes a record Time to Market compared to the automobile industry standards, by applying innovative technologies and crowd sourcing techniques. As the company explains it, the Rally Fighter is “a fully capable off-road prerunner, with the amenities and luxuries of an every-day on road vehicle”.
Local Motors manufactured Strati, the world’s first 3D printed electric car in collaboration with Cincinnati Incorporated and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The printing took 44 hours to complete, and witnessed by a live audience at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show in McCormick Place, Chicago. The car consists of 50 individual parts, far less than a traditional vehicle. The Strati designed by Michele Anoè, a member of the Local Motors community, and is produced in small quantities to serve strategic partnerships, such as with NXP Semiconductors.
The company unveiled a 3D-printed car named the LM3D Swim in 2015. It designed by Kevin Lo, a member of the Local Motors community. The materials used are 80 percent ABS plastic and 20 percent carbon fiber. The vehicle uses technology provided by IBM that offered IoT connectivity. The Swim is currently on display at the company’s location in National Harbor, Maryland.
The company released an autonomous, electric-powered bus in 2016. The vehicle designed by Edgar Sarmiento, initially named the “Berlino” from the Urban Mobility Challenge: Berlin 2030. The vehicle manufactured by Local Motors and has IBM Watson technology installed to provide a personalized experience for riders. So, the vehicle demonstrated live to their online audience on Facebook Live at a media event in National Harbor. The vehicle is still undergoing development. Olli produced in Chandler, Arizona using additive manufacturing techniques, including 3D Printing.
Local Motors operates five locations in Phoenix, Knoxville, Las Vegas, National Harbor, and Berlin. The company also hosts educational events. These events are focused on technology, science, and manufacturing topics. People can visit their retail locations in Phoenix, Knoxville, and National Harbor to purchase sustainable and locally-sourced merchandise. Local Motors has closed its Chandler, Las Vegas and Knoxville locations as of February 2017.