Tenaya Hurst visiting Local Motors in Maryland
A special something happened at Maker Faire…I ran into a friend from a hackathon, Gina O’Connell and she invited me to see the brand new Local Motors store which just opened at the National Harbor in Maryland. When the faire closed for the day, I happily headed off to the harbor with my other good friend I also met at a hackathon, Shooka!
The beautiful new Local Motors store and demonstration facility is absolutely spectacular and if you live in the area, you simply must take a night out at the harbor to visit! Shooka and I were welcomed by Gina when we arrived and with the store taking over a whole block, we were already dazzled by what we saw through the windows! Some of the space is dedicated to a store with really fun merchandise, another area is for the kids to learn all about 3D printing and smart cities, and the largest section is for fabrication of the Local Motors line of electric 3D printed vehicles.
The Strati was the first 3D printed car that Local Motors released, and you may remember Jay Rogers on the cover of Make Magazine. Now there is a new vehicle with 2 versions called the Sport and the Swim. All 3 of these are absolutely innovative and stunning. Maybe you’re like me and you don’t like the “layered look” of 3D printed creations, but for these cars, there’s a mix of painted, buffed, and covered with a flexible carbon sheet, so the layers don’t dominate the appearance.
As far as my future, I hope that we’ll get to work with Local Motors to help support Arduino workshops they offer at this new location, and maybe we’ll even get to host some bigger hackathon type events. Connected car is definitely a category of hackathon Local Motors is interested in promoting, since their vehicles are the most forward thinking on the market already!