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Nissan Wants to Get “Hyper-Personal”

Tech like 3D printing will permit new levels of vehicle customization.

by on Nov.29, 2016

Nissan wants to go to the next level of customization with its "hyper-personalization" strategy.

Using technologies as diverse as 3D printing and connected car services, Nissan hopes to soon let buyers extensively customize their vehicles – both new ones and those they already own.

The new approach could put Japan’s second-largest carmaker at the forefront of the rapidly growing automotive aftermarket, a business that generates almost $40 billion a year in the U.S. alone, according to the Specialty Equipment Marketers Association, or SEMA.

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This new effort, which Nissan is calling “hyper-personalization” could soon allow motorists to add customized body panels and fabric designs, as well as bring new levels of high-tech infotainment services and safety gear into their vehicles, according to Kent O’Hara, the Nissan Motor Co. vice president who manages global aftermarket sales.

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Local Motors Set to Launch World’s First 3D Printed Car

by on Jul.08, 2015

Local Motors will introduce two load-speed version of the ReLoad, the Swim and Sport.

Forget making vases, bracelets and other trinkets, Arizona-based Local Motors plans to transform the traditional automotive world with the launch of a 3D printed car next year.

The company plans to build two versions of the ReLoad Redacted using a design that was submitted as part of a contest by Kevin Lo, an engineer living in Vancouver, Washington. Set to debut during the first quarter of 2016, it will be a low-speed battery-car, or so-called neighborhood electric vehicle, priced between $18,000 and $30,000. But a full speed vehicle is set to follow.

At the Cutting Edge!

“At Local Motors, we are hell-bent on revolutionizing manufacturing,” said John B. Rogers, Jr., CEO and co-founder of Local Motors. “Car manufacturers have been stamping parts the same way for more than 100 years. We now have the technology to make the process and products better and faster by linking the online to the offline through DDM. This process will create better and safer products, and we are doing exactly that.”

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Ford, Other Automakers Betting Big on 3D Printing

Process helping them win, both on track and on the street.

by on May.29, 2015

The Chip Ganassi Ford Prototype taking the win at the Rolex 24 race at Daytona.

When the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford prototype blasts out of the pits during the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at the Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit this coming weekend the team will aim to repeat the win it scored during the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

In the Lead!

The No. 01 prototype will be powered by a Ford EcoBoost engine, with about 70% of the twin-turbo V-6’s parts street stock. Among the parts customized for the track was an intake manifold that was little more than a vat of goo and a digital file prior to the Daytona race. Ford turned to 3D printing rather than conventional manufacturing methods for the manifold and several other components.

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Local Motors Planning Two 3D Micro-Plants

Building cars at the Detroit Auto Show.

by on Jan.16, 2015

Local Motors is 3D printing one of its Strati cars at the North American International Auto Show.

Most automakers are content to show their vehicles at the North American International Auto Show – which opens up to the public this weekend. But the folks from Local Motors has been building vehicles on the show floor.

The start-up brought some of its 3D printing technology to Detroit’s Cobo Hall to demonstrate how it can produce one of its models, the electric Strati, just about anywhere, directly from a digital file. The first of these battery cars will go on sale later this year.

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Don’t expect Local Motors to print out a car in your garage. The company is currently operating two micro-plants, one in Phoenix and the other in Las Vegas. But it is confident enough about its future that it expects to add additional facilities in Washington, D.C., and Knoxville, Tennessee. (more…)