Siemens and Local Motors have recently partnered to help advance the future of manufacturing by optimising the development and large-scale 3D printing of cars. The partnership combines the power of Siemens’ PLM software technology with Local Motors’ leadership in co-created and 3D-printed vehicles – a process called direct digital manufacturing.
With a shared vision for the future of product development, Local Motors plans to enhance productivity in its innovative Local Motors (LM) Labs program by leveraging Siemens’ expertise in creating ‘digital twins,’ while Siemens expects to further enhance its digital enterprise software suite to support the latest advances in Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing.
“We have been partners with Siemens since 2011, and this announcement takes that partnership to the next level by enabling our community of co-creators to innovate even faster,” said Jay Rogers, CEO, Local Motors. “We developed the world’s first co-created vehicle and 3D-printed car, and now our LM Labs program is providing the world’s makers with a way – both online and offline – to create new technologies to advance the future of transportation,” he added.
Siemens’ Solid Edge® software has been in use at Local Motors for several years and has been crucial in facilitating its co-creation model. This new partnership expands the use of Solid Edge andadds Siemens’ NX™ software and its Fibersim™ portfolio to all Local Motors facilities around the world. DDM and digital twins save time, reduce costs and increase quality by integrating and streamlining the design and production processes. “As part of this leadership, we recognise the growing importance of Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing for the global manufacturing industry,” said Dr Helmuth Ludwig, Executive VP & Chief Digital Officer, Siemens PLM Software.
Local Motors plans to open three new facilities this year, all of which will feature LM Labs. Siemens PLM Software plans to be a sponsor of all three LM Labs in Washington DC, Berlin as well as Tennessee.