The 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is now underway in Detroit, MI and will continue until Jan 25. One of the exciting things being shown is the Strati, the first in a line of 3D-printed cars from Local Motors. The company will completely print and assemble a full car right from the show floor. The three-step process includes printing, refining, and finishing. It takes 44 hrs to print 212 layers made up of carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic. Local Motors will also showcase their “micro-factory” concept which uses 3D data to create designs to exact specifications without the need for tooling. This will help bring products to market faster with less capital investment. Existing micro-factories are located near urban locations and offer great employment opportunities. Local Motors plans to open new locations this year.

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