Local Motors gave visitors to the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show a glimpse into the future. Using a 3-D printer, the car company printed nearly a whole car in a single, 44 hour stretch. After adding seat cushions, tires, headlights, an engine, and a steering wheel, the car was ready to drive. Printing a car could be a major breakthrough for the industry. With fewer parts and how quickly they are made, printed cars could be drastically cheaper. You could even personalize the body of your car!
There are still many kinks to work out, like finding a printing material that is safer in accidents. But this demonstration shows how soon 3-D printers will influence the auto industry.