Local Motors (Phoenix, AZ) and Arizona State University have formed a partnership to advance materials research into 3D-printed automotive parts, which will be used on the world's first 3D-printed car, scheduled to be on the road in early 2016. Local Motors will join the ASU Polytechnic eProjects program, which connects students and faculty in ASU's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering with cutting-edge technology companies. Students will be introduced to the program at the 2015 Polytechnic School eProject Forum on Aug. 31.
"The materials research and testing we're conducting with ASU will help us bring to market the world's first 3D-printed car," said John B. Rogers, Jr., CEO and co-founder of Local Motors. "Our goal is to create vehicles that are safer than any on the road today, and this partnership with a world-class university right in our own backyard will help us do exactly that."