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Airbus Group and Local Motors have launched a global co-creation challenge to identify the next generation of commercial drone technology. The two companies are inviting amateurs and professionals alike into a joint project that includes a series of co-creation activities, online competitions, open-source projects and hackathons all focused on designing a next-generation commercial drone solution.

The first part of the Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge, seeks specifically to identify designs for drone aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and efficient forward flight.

Part of the inspiration behind this challenge is to identify better ways to transport medical supplies when time is of the essence and a life could be hanging in the balance. Imagine a doctor deep in the jungle having the ability to order urgently needed drugs from a hospital 100km away.

“As Local Motors and Airbus Group progress in this challenge, we expect our co-creation community to deliver the kind of amazing ideas that helped us build the world’s first co-created vehicle and 3D-printed car,” said Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers. “As we harness the power of the crowd, Airbus will have the ability to iterate on commercial drones faster than ever before. This will be a much-needed shot in the arm for civil drone development.”

This initial co-creation challenge will run through June 5 and offer $117,500 in total prize money. The evaluation of each entry will be conducted through a jury of experts in the field before potentially becoming part of an industrial program from Airbus.

“The Challenge initiative is really exciting and we are eager to see how the power of co-creation can accelerate new, innovative thinking around commercial drones,” said Jana Rosenmann, Head of Unmanned Aerial Systems within Airbus Group.

Assisting Local Motors and Airbus Group on this challenge is Praxis Aerospace Concepts International Inc. (PACI), which will bring its deep, technological experience in commercialization of robotics and unmanned systems to the project.

For more information, visit: www.localmotors.com/dronechallenge

Local Motors and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas have partnered to create a research and development program that will create new technologies for automobiles. UNLV’s new Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL) will work with Local Motors to create autonomous systems for cars.

UNLV is now a part of the Local Motors LOCO Program. Short for Local Motors Co-Created, the LOCO University Vehicle Program advances the automotive education and research initiatives of our university partner programs in the cutting-edge fields of 3D printing, vehicle autonomy and more. The LOCO program provides university students and faculty with the projects, vehicles, and co-creation platform needed to quickly develop the next generation of vehicle technology. Partner universities engage in the LOCO program as a way to attract future students and donors, as well as help facilitate tech transfer into commercial value.

“This partnership with UNLV is an example of how Local Motors is using the power of co-creation to advance vehicle technology,” said Corey Clothier, Local Motors lead for automated vehicle development. “We will begin selling the world’s first 3D-printed car next year, and we’re excited for UNLV to be a piece of automotive history.”

Local Motors recently delivered its 3D-printed LOCO vehicle to UNLV. The team from DASL, headed by Paul Oh, plans to equip the first vehicle with autonomy sensory equipment that will allow its robot, DRC-Hubo, to drive the vehicle.

“Local Motors’ vision and realization of microfactories is truly exciting and DASL is thrilled to be an active partner in this vision,” Oh said. “Microfactories combined with cloud-computing, wireless networking and connectivity yield bold innovations for inspiring wonder and empowering creativity.”

Local Motors plans on outfitting the UNLV DASL team with iterations of its highway-ready 3D-printed car during the next year.

For more information, visit: www.localmotors.com

Local Motors brought its Mobifactory (Mobi) to Crystal City to inspire and unite the Co-creation Nation for a summer of innovation and making in the heart of our nation’s capital. “The 'Mobi' adds yet another new layer to the innovation hub that’s taking shape in Crystal City, a place that’s fast becoming a community of makers and creatives of all kinds,” said Mitchell Schear, President of Vornado/Charles E. Smith.

“Demonstrating both the making potential and scalability of Local Motors’ disruptive approach to manufacturing, the Mobi is meant for collaborative locations like Crystal City,” says Local Motors CEO and Co-founder John B. Rogers Jr.

Crystal City features maker-studio TechShop, several incubators including 1776 and Eastern Foundry, and WeWork’s new concept under development. A dynamic neighborhood, Crystal City is home to creative businesses, residents, visitors, top restaurants and amenities, every conceivable kind of transit, and a robust calendar of events and activities throughout the year.

The summer of innovation at the Crystal City Mobi starts June 8 and runs through late August and features the Local Motors Verrado, an electric drift trike designed to bring out the kid in everyone; the Local Motors Rally Fighter, the world’s first co-created vehicle; and the Local Motors 3D-printed car, the first and only drivable 3D-printed car.

Open to the public, the Mobi will offer free weekly how-to classes on the “Science of Drifting” and “3D Printing 101.” Each month, visitors are invited to participate in drag race slalom courses or join a trike group to tour the best places to ride drift trikes in the area.

Experience the Mobi from June 8 to August 31 with hours of operation on weekdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend. Visit the Local Motors Mobi at 1900 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Local Motors plans to expand its presence in the DC area in late 2015 with a permanent microfactory location in National Harbor. The Grand Opening of the Local Motors Mobifactory will be held on June 11th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will receive a free T-shirt (while supplies last), and watch drifting experts demo the Local Motors Verrado drift trike. It’s a free event, but RSVPs are encouraged.

For more information, visit: www.localmotors.com

With more than 250 conceptual designs submitted, Local Motors, in partnership with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), is announcing the winner of the Lightweighting Technologies Enabling Comprehensive Automotive Redesign (LITECAR) Challenge. The design challenge served to accelerate innovative ideas by using novel material technologies, structural designs, energy absorbing materials and unique methods of manufacturing to reduce vehicle curb weight while maintaining current U.S. automotive safety standards.

The winning design, Aerodynamic Water Droplet with Strong Lightweight Bone Structure, was created by Andres Tovar, a mechanical engineering assistant professor at the School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and his group of graduate students. Their design was selected by a panel of experts in materials, crashworthiness, structures, manufacturing and safety.

“LITECAR has been critically important to Local Motors because it has stretched the boundaries of the world’s largest open-hardware innovation community to include a focus on the subject of weight reduction,” said CEO & co-founder of Local Motors, John B. Rogers Jr. “For ARPA-E, this is a highly conceptual challenge bringing in system-level thought from around the world to focus on a next generation problem. Having the tools to achieve this thought and work is a critical enabler for such an agency.”

Tovar will receive the $60,000 grand prize for his pioneering vehicle design concept. The remaining $90,000 in prize money will be divided between five additional submissions that were recognized for their ideas by both the Local Motors' online community and LITECAR judging panel.

  • First runner up ($40,000): Sumit Lakhera and Feyzi Aras, Skeletos
  • Second runner up ($20,000): Wilburn Whittington, David Francis and Kyle Johnson, Metal Matrix Metallic Composites
  • Innovative design component ($10,000): Yuqing Zhou, Kazuhiro Saitou and Jeff Xu, Manta
  • Innovative safety component ($10,000): Alexander Rivera, Modular Sprung Pod Car
  • Community favorite ($10,000): Anthony Kim and Sheetanshu Tyagi, Apalis


The LITECAR Challenge launched on Friday, January 2nd and voting concluded on Friday, March 20th. The submissions were evaluated on four main criteria: vehicle curb weight reduction, vehicle safety, innovation and supporting evidence.

For more information, visit: www.localmotors.com/litecar

Local Motors is teaming up with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to present the Lightweighting Technologies Enabling Comprehensive Automotive Redesign (LITECAR) Challenge, which seeks innovative conceptual designs to lightweight a vehicle while maintaining or exceeding current U.S. automotive safety standards. Participants’ pioneering designs will compete for a piece of the total $150,000 cash prize.

"Local Motors and ARPA-E are disruptive forces changing the future of vehicles," said John B. Rogers Jr., CEO and Co-founder of Local Motors. "Together, we want to understand what technologies, materials, and solutions are required to make a vehicle with the purpose of being lightweight and safe. Instead of incrementally lightweighting today's vehicles, we want to start from first principles and make meaningful change.”

The LITECAR Challenge invites designers, scientists, engineers, innovators and fabricators to comprehensively redesign a vehicle using beyond the state-of-the-art solutions to reduce the overall curb weight of modern vehicles. Participants are encouraged to address novel material technologies, structural designs, energy absorbing materials and devices, and unique methods of manufacturing that allow for lightweight vehicle designs that maintain or exceed current U.S. automotive safety standards.

A panel of expert judges will evaluate entries based on four main criteria: curb weight reduction, vehicle safety, innovation and supporting evidence. The total prize money for this challenge is $150,000, with a grand prize of $60,000. Submissions will be accepted until Thursday, March 5 and winners will be announced on Monday, April 20.

For more information, visit: www.localmotors.com/litecar

History will be made when the world’s first 3D-printed car drives out of McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. During the six-day IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014, the vehicle will be printed over 44 hours then rapidly assembled by a team led by Local Motors with the historic first drive set to take place the morning of Saturday, September 13.

Called the Strati, the vehicle will be 3D printed in one piece using direct digital manufacturing, (DDM), which is the first time this method has been used to make a car. Mechanical components, like battery, motor, wiring, and suspension are sourced from a variety of suppliers, including Renault’s Twizy, a line of electric powered city cars.

“The Strati was designed by our community, made in our Microfactory and will be driven by you,” said John B. Rogers, Jr., CEO of Local Motors. “This brand-new process disrupts the manufacturing status quo, changes the consumer experience and proves that a car can be born in an entirely different way.”

The innovative and bold vehicle uses the material science and advanced manufacturing techniques pioneered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

“This project represents the unique opportunity DOE’s National Laboratory System offers to the industry, to collaborate in an open environment to deliver fast, innovative, manufacturing solutions,” said Craig Blue, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Program and Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL. “These partnerships are pushing the envelope on emerging technologies, such as large scale additive manufacturing, and accelerating the growth of manufacturing in the United States.”

“The Strati will be showcased in AMT’s Emerging Technology Center.  The ETC was created to present manufacturing ‘technologies of the future’ from leading companies, universities and government research labs,” notes Peter Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions and Communications, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. “This feature returned IMTS to its roots as a forum where the latest technologies are first seen. This year is no exception, and we are confident that this will be the most exciting ETC effort yet.”

“The BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) machine can be used for actual production.  The deposition rate of 40 pounds per hour of carbon reinforced ABS plastic and the large size mean that large parts, like a car, can be produced using additive technology,” said Andrew Jamison CEO of Cincinnati Incorporated.

The vehicle proves the viability of using sustainable, digital manufacturing solutions in the automotive industry. Local Motors plans to launch production-level 3D-printed vehicles that will be available to the general public for purchase in the months following the show.

For more information, visit: www.localmotors.com/3dprintedcar

Local Motors, Inc. announces the launch of the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge to inform and influence the design of the vehicle that will be manufactured at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, September 8-13, 2014. The challenge will run through May 13, 2014 and more than $10,000 in prize money will be awarded for winning challenge entries, which will be announced on May 30, 2014.

“Historically, producing a new vehicle from a new design has represented a significant investment in tooling and a large commitment in time to integrate multiple structures and components,” said Jay Rogers, Local Motors CEO. “This effort to design and deliver the first co-created vehicle using this digital technology and manufacturing process could change the process and speed in which vehicles are designed and built.”

Launched just two months after Local Motors announced partnerships with the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge will seek to define innovations in the methodology associated with incorporating additive and subtractive manufacturing methods in vehicle design and development. Though this manufacturing method is compatible with any powertrain solution, for this first vehicle project, Local Motors has chosen to power the vehicle with a battery electric drive system.

“AMT is always on the lookout for the newest, innovative technology. The design of this Local Motors vehicle is no exception. I look forward to seeing how the team incorporates the latest advancements,” said Paul Warndorf, Vice President – Manufacturing Technology, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

This effort will also include the engagement of ORNL partner Cincinnati Inc. and their innovative Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine. This BAAM machine pioneers the use of large-scale 3D printing technology, and is focused on packaging a complete digital manufacturing process in the first machine of its kind.

“This vehicle may well be the coolest vehicle on the planet, at least to those of us in manufacturing technology,” said Rick Neff, Manager Market Development for Cincinnati Incorporated. “I am excited to help judge the design competition for the 3-D Printed Vehicle that will influence how we manufacture many things.  This will be the first application of a BAAM machine from Cincinnati Incorporated.”

Challenge Deliverables

In order to enter the challenge, designers are required to submit three distinct views of their project (side, ¾ front and ¾ rear), one mise-en-scene view and a description of the benefits and innovations associated with the concept.

Judging Panel

Submissions to the Local Motors 3D-Printed Car Design Challenge will be voted on by the Local Motors Community on localmotors.com, and judged by an independent panel of experts led by Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot and Local Motors Board Member. In addition to Pettis and representation from both Local Motors and the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the panel includes:

  • Rick Neff, Manager, Market Development, Cincinnati Incorporated,
  • Douglas K. Woods, President, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology,
  • Peter Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions and Communications, AMT– The Association For Manufacturing Technology, and
  • Paul Warndorf, Vice President – Manufacturing Technology, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

“I’m excited to partner with Local Motors on this project and judge the innovative designs. After years of being in the manufacturing industry, it’s still interesting to see what young engineers and entrepreneurs come up with,” said Douglas K. Woods, President, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

Awards

One challenge submission will be selected as the overall winner. The winning designer will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize plus a trip to IMTS to participate in the printing of the first vehicle. Up to five “Innovation Awards” winners will receive cash prizes of $1,000 each for exceptional ideas or usages specific to the 3D-printing process. One award for “Community Favorite”, based on voting by the Local Motors Community, will also be awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

Peter Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions and Communications, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology commented, “The very spirit of the Emerging Technology Center (ETC) since it debuted in 2004 as a focal point on the show floor has been to give the manufacturing community a look into the future. Local Motors makes it their business to be that future and we are thrilled to put them center stage at IMTS. I’m glad to have the opportunity to get involved early in the judging of the 3D printed car designs.”

For more information, visit: www.localmotors.com/projects/the-3d-printed-car-aka-direct-digital-manufacturing/52/#/challenges/3d-printed-car-design-challenge

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