Low-volume, 3D-printed vehicle and mobility device manufacturer Local Motors Inc. and collaborative product design platform Launch Forth are now housed under newly formed parent company LM Industries Group Inc.
The San Francisco-based mobility group is calling itself "the world's first digital original equipment manufacturer," taking concepts to production in less than a year by way of its access to Launch Forth's global community of problem solvers and Local Motors' use of microfactories and additive manufacturing.
The company said in a June 20 news release that bringing the two subsidiaries together under one group will provide customers with "a better alternative to mass manufacturing."
"The LM Industries solution is meant to be an end-to-end solution as a digital OEM and that starts with our Launch Forth group that does the co-creation and ideation all the way through the build of a [minimum viable product] or proof of concept," Gregory Haye, general manager and director of corporate partnerships at the company's microfactory in Knoxville, Tenn., said in a phone interview.
From there, the concept is handed off to Local Motors, which specializes in the commercialization and production efforts for the direct digital manufacturing of vehicles or mobility devices, usually via 3D printing, Haye said. The company is perhaps best known for 3D printing its self-driving electric shuttle called Olli.