We've talked about 3-D printing quite a bit at Komando.com because it has the potential to change how everything we use in the future is manufactured. Whether it's toys, furniture, dishware, prosthetics, internal organs, or even houses, there isn't anything 3-D printing might not end up being a part of.
One of those things is car manufacturing. Right now, it takes years to move from a design on paper (or computer) to a prototype to the finished product. A company called Local Motors wants to do things differently.
Last year at the International Manufacturing Technology Show, it printed the body of a car, the Strati, in just 44 hours. It was impressive, but it wasn't a complete body and the top speed of the car was only 40 mph.
Now, Local Motors is back again with the all-new LM3D Swim. This actually has a full body, including glass and an interior. Around 75% of the car is 3-D printed.