Local Motors Inc. has announced the winners of its first 3D-Printed Car Design Challenge that was launched in April to uncover concepts that will inform and influence the vehicle that will be printed live at IMTS -- The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 in Chicago, September 8-13, 2014.
More than 200 entries, representing submissions from 30-plus countries, were submitted during the six-week challenge. A weeklong review of the entries resulted in seven winners, Local Motors said in an email sent to Design News.
The winning concept, Strati, created by Michele Anoé of Italy, will highly inspire the full-size 3D-printed prototype. “It’s simple and clean, with character,” challenge judge and MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis said in the email. “It has a nice style that really hangs together.”
Anoé will receive $5,000 for his submission and will be invited to see his concept manufactured live in AMT’s Emerging Technology Center, Booth N-650, at IMTS.
“There are three major challenges facing the auto industry today; part count, weight, and the initial cost of tooling when creating and iterating on vehicles. The hybrid Direct Digital Manufacturing process stands to address all three of these,“ said Jay Rogers, Local Motors CEO, in the email. “When these hurdles are removed, we open the door to an exciting new era in automotive design and manufacturing possibilities.”
Six additional concepts were recognized for their innovation and popularity among the members of Local Motors’ global community. Some aspects of these designs may also be incorporated into the final prototype. The designers of each of these concepts will receive a $1,000 cash award from Local Motors.
Click on the photo of Strati below to check it out and to learn about the other challenge winners.
The winning concept, Strati, created by Michele Anoé of Italy, will highly inspire the full-size 3D printed prototype. Lonnie Love, Group Leader, Robotics and Manufacturing Systems Research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, said: “Michele’s design offers an excellent balance between innovation, complexity, and practicality. It has good 3D lines and the retractable roof is really cool.”
(Source: Local Motors)