UNLV to Partner with Local Motors for Research on its Newest 3-D Printed Car

Jul. 13, 2015

UNLV and the Arizona-based automotive manufacturing company Local Motors recently announced their partnership on a research project involving a 3-D printed “road ready” vehicle.

UNLV, the University of Michigan, and ASU will perform research on the Local Motors 3-D printed car. UNLV engineering professor Paul Oh, who recently led UNLV’s team in the international DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Robotics Challenge, will lead the 3-D printed car research project in his autonomous systems laboratory at UNLV. Project planning is underway.

The company has turned to UNLV and its autonomous systems lab – known for its work with unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, as well as robotics – as a research partner as they unveiled their latest 3-D printed model last week.

Made of carbon fiber and plastics, 3-D printed vehicles can be created for an individual or individual company’s specific needs. One of Local Motor’s three “microfactories” is in Las Vegas. Watch a video showing the 3-D printing process on a Local Motors car at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daioWlkH7ZI&feature=youtu.be. More information on Local Motors is available at https://localmotors.com/.