Local Motors, best known for making the Rally Fighter off-highway vehicle, has come a long way in a short period of time. When Local Motors signed a partnership agreement with the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in January, it didn't have a printing machine, it didn't have printing material and it didn't have a design for the car.
Rogers said that when he met with Elon Musk seven years ago, the CEO of Tesla Motors Inc. told him that Local Motors' open-source approach would never succeed because engineers don't like working together. In an apparent change of course, Tesla Motors announced in June that it would make all of its patents publicly available (ClimateWire, June 13).
However, fusing a plastic or metal powder for 3-D printing requires a lot of energy.