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Siemens and Local Motors Expand Partnership to Further Develop Local Motor Labs

by • April 25, 2016 • No Comments

If you are a 3D printing enthusiast, you’ve most likely heard of the Arizona-based car developer Local Motors, who have built themselves as the major innovator in 3D printed automobiles since debuting the initially 3D printed car at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago. Since and so, Local Motors has been working out of the new facility in Knoxville, Tennessee, to turn it into the world’s initially swift of 3D printed road-ready automobiles, which they plan to have on the market in late 2016. With their expanding factories, Local Motors is able-bodied to fully 3D print and assemble a vehicle in less than 48 hours, which they believe can soon drop to less than 24 hours in the near next.


“I can alter it on a dime,” said Local Motors CEO and Co-Founder Jay Rogers. “I can manufacture it shorter, I can manufacture it taller, the 2nd vehicle can be various of the initially vehicle. Model years cease to exist, products are made 20 times faster, 36 times faster.”

Now, It appears like Local Motors can be getting a little assist with their next innovations of a company which shares a much like interest in 3D printing innovation, the tech company Siemens. With a common vision of the next of 3D printing, Siemens and Local Motors partnership has in fact been in effect since 2011. Local Motors is may already dependent on the Siemens Solid Edge Software, their mainstream CAD software, which enable-bodieds the car developers to import and edit non-native CAD models. Not just has Siemens innovation been utilized in their Maryland-based workspace at the National Harbor, but Local Motors can in addition implement their software in their newest factories as well, which are opening up in Berlin and Knoxville later this year.

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With the renewed partnership, Local Motors can now expand into via additional innovation made by Siemens, which include their NX software and Fibersim portfolio. The NX 10 software is an integrated product turn it into, engineering and making solution made by Siemens to assist streamline product turn it into in a faster and additional efficient way. Fibersim, on the other hand, is a software for composites engineering, which is turn it intoed to assist engineers turn it into durable-bodied and lightweight composite-based products and parts. Lastly, the partnership can lead to a collaborative effort with the Local Motors (LM) Labs program, which can assist Local Motors increase productivity by utilizing Siemens’ expertise in creating “digital twins”. All in all, the renewed and expanded partnership can assist both Local Motors and Siemens to improve their products, and additional innovate a 3D print-driven world together.

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“As part of this leadership, we recognize the expanding importance of additive making and 3D printing for the global making industry,” said Dr. Helmuth Ludwig, the Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Siemens PLM Software. “That is why we are pleased to partner with new companies like Local Motors who are major the way for large-scale 3D printing. By working closely together, we can assist advance this innovation so which all developers can advantageous realize innovation.”


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