Quartz's Mike Murphy reports on this week's announcement by car-maker Local Motors that by 2017, you'll be able to drive a 3D printed car. 

Back in January, Local Motors showed off just such a car at the Detroit Auto Show, but it wasn't quite ready for prime time. So, the firm has spent the year fine-tuning the vehicle, making it safe and strong enough to survive a collision. About three quarters of the car, dubbed LM3D, is printed using a mix of plastic and carbon fiber "which makes it at least as durable as a Corvette."

In a blog post, the company promises to keep testing the design until it exceeds the US government’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, before the planned launch in 2017. The company also hopes to up the 3D-printed portion of the car to 90%, according to its website.

Most cars are made out of thousands of intricate and obscure parts, but the LM3D will have fewer than 50 separate components, which makes it quick to build: The original design was decided upon July 7, and the working, drivable build was completed by Sep. 18—from zero to car in 2 months flat.
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