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Local Motors signs CRADA with ORNL to produce 3D-printed vehicle

23 January 2014

Local Motors, Inc. has signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Local Motors will work with the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at ORNL to develop and to deliver technology to produce the first production 3D-printed vehicle.

This cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) between Local Motors and ORNL will explore making vehicle construction more efficient in every way, including lower production time, costs, and part count, coupled with higher standards of control, safety, aesthetics and mechanical flexibility. The primary tool in this drive for efficiency is a combination of material science and advanced manufacturing techniques that are both additive and subtractive.

By invoking the principle of open-source, this partnership—and future efforts like it—will drive a true paradigm shift in hardware product development and automotive manufacturing technologies. Just as exciting as the vision of delivering the first direct digital manufactured car, is that we will be engaging future consumers to contribute and evangelize its creation. We are living in a time when speed to market trumps slow-going protectionism. Local Motors’ open development platform is what delivers this very speed.

—Jay Rogers, Co-Founder and CEO of Local Motors

The MDF at Oak Ridge National Lab is a public-facing, advanced research laboratory focused on numerous forms of additive, subtractive and direct digital manufacturing. Its goal is to help industry adopt new manufacturing technologies that reduce life-cycle energy and greenhouse gas emissions, lower production cost and create new products and opportunities for high paying jobs. Combined with Local Motors’ commitment to open source principles, and to using locally-sourced materials to deliver locally-relevant vehicle solutions, the pairing is poised to drive the development of economical, energy efficient vehicles to the local automotive market worldwide.

ORNL prides itself on ‘solving the unsolvable’ and ‘making the unmakeable’. This partnership will help push the envelope on emerging technologies, such as large scale additive manufacturing, and help accelerate the growth of manufacturing in the United States.

—Dr. Lonnie J. Love of the lab’s Energy & Transportation Science Division

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Maybe they can 3D print some money to fund this pipedream. I think the ICE process might be a bit of a wall...

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