5/30/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Local Motors Expands Partnership with Siemens PLM for Development of Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing of Cars

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The move expands Local Motor’s use of Siemens PLM software, among other benefits.


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Siemens PLM Software and Local Motors have formed a new partnership for the development and large-scale additive manufacturing of cars. The partnership combines the power of Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software with Local Motors’ leadership in co-created and 3D-printed vehicles, a process it calls direct digital manufacturing (DDM).

Local Motors plans to enhance productivity in its Local Motors (LM) Labs program by leveraging Siemens’ capacity for creating “digital twins” that are said to accurately represent form, function and performance of a product and its production system. The high-fidelity twins enable engineers to test the functionality of products and processes in the virtual world to predict and optimize performance in the physical world. For its part, Siemens expects to further enhance its digital enterprise software suite to support the latest advances in additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

The two entities have been partners since 2011, with Local Motors using Siemens’ Solid Edge CAD software. The new partnership expands Local Motors’ use of Solid Edge and adds Siemens’ NX and Fibersim software to all Local Motors facilities. NX, a comprehensive CAD/CAM/CAE software and Fibersim, a portfolio of composites engineering software, will be used to increase productivity and quality in product design and DDM, according to Local Motors.

Local Motors plans to open three new facilities in 2016, all of which will feature LM Labs. Siemens PLM Software plans to be a sponsor of all three LM Labs.