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3-D printed car factory planned at National Harbor
3-D printed car factory planned at National Harbor

The folks building National Harbor on the Potomac River figure it's a fine place to shop, work, eat out, gamble, stay a few nights, ride a Ferris wheel, and — manufacture cars. Yes, at least as cars might be made in the 21st century, creating plastic-body vehicles using 3-D printing. Local Motors, an Arizona-based company, plans to open an operation including showroom and factory at National Harbor, just south of Washington, to produce the first 3-D printed cars by next year. "We wanted to be in a big city, and D.C. was a natural choice," said Lee Herge, chief operating officer for Local Motors, with operations in four states and ambitious plans to build 100...

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