Dec 11, 2014

3D printed innovation will be front and center at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) when the inaugural NAIAS Technology Showcase looks at the integration of technology and the automotive industry during Press Preview and Industry Preview. The show will take place Jan. 12-15, in Hall E at Cobo Center in Detroit and will focus on many of the flash-forward technologies that will impact connectivity, automation and efficiency in the next generations of vehicles.

Some of the companies on display include: Alpine Electronics, ASC, Covisint, Modern Car Safety Technologies, NextEnergy, Ricardo, Square One, Mojio, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory etc.

Attendees will be able to ride along in the world's first full-size, working 3D-printed car, the Strati. This game-changing vehicle is the brainchild of Phoenix-based Local Motors.

Local Motors will premiere a mid-model refresh of the car after a live demonstration of the three-phased, micro-manufacturing process on the main show floor.

  • Phase 1: Phase 1 includes 3D-printing the vehicle structure, which takes approximately 40 hours of continuous printing on a Big Area Additive Manufacturing machine.
  • Phase 2: During Phase 2, the vehicle is milled.
  • Phase 3: During Phase 3, the final phase of the process, the car is then rapidly assembled.

Attendees will be able to ride in the made-from-scratch automobile on the Shell Innovation Track located in the Technology Showcase in Hall E starting on Monday, January 12, 2015.

Images: Local Motors

Students from the University of Michigan, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Michigan State University, Lawrence Technological University, Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies will participate in a variety of displays and demonstrations including solar technology, racing performance, fuel mileage efficiency and automotive design.

Tickets are $95 per day and are available online now at

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Nayana Adassuriya wrote at 12/22/2014 3:40:06 AM:

This is looks interesting. Hope not to buy a car, but a 3D printer to print my own designed vehical soon

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