Picture yourself in one of these hot designs. They're closer than you think.
We're seeing more about the possibilities of 3D-printing driveable cars, and the idea is about to go a step further with the results of an online design competition set to be built later this year.
The competition was held by Local Motors based in the US, which has for several years been a go-to name for specialised, low-volume vehicle fabricating on anything from rally cars and race bikes to ride-on toy and remote controlled vehicles.
Over the past seven years, Local Motors has also become a global online community for people dabbling and vehicle design and technology -- including the increasingly popular 3D printing processes. Abut 30,000 people are part of the group, which has already done work with BMW, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Peterbilt and Shell.
And in September they plan to completely 3d-print a working electric car based on the winning and runner-up entries in the recent design challenge, with draft models already being test-printed -- and one even having been given a test drive.
The design and 3D fabrication process offers the potential for some truly innovative results. However the Local Motors team hasn't detailed the drivetrain for the final vehicle, or which features will be drawn from the winning entries -- the convertible Strati by Michele Anoé and the birdwing-inspired Internal Strut Frame by TaurusNut -- and which will be influenced by the five runners-up also shown in our gallery. So stay tuned to see what emerges.