June 5, 2015
Who doesn’t love a repurposed shipping container? More specifically, who doesn’t love a shipping container that’s been repurposed into a mobile micro-factory for the creation and demo of innovative automobiles? Local Motors has been working on the micro-factory concept for a number of years, as a way to take existing structures and transform them into vehicle development programs.
Now they’ve perfected it and are taking their Mobifactory on the road. They used a standard sized shipping container (40 feet long), and transformed it into a Mobile factory that will have many of the same features as their micro-factories but on a smaller scale (yes…the Mobifactory will be smaller than the standard micro-factory). At this size, they could theoretically ship the unit anywhere in the world and have a facility that will be able to quickly knock out prototypes and a small quantity of products.
The next stop on their tour is Washington, DC…well, Crystal City to be exact. And they’re not just coming to town for a week or two; they’ll be here for the entire summer. The public will have a chance to check out some of Local Motors signature products such as the Verrado, Rally Fighter, and 3D-printed Strati. During their three month stay, people will also be able to participate in workshops, classes, informational seminars, and demos.
“We are kind of popping up on short notice so we’ll quickly draw a crowd,”said Jenna Burns, Mobifactory development manager for Local Motors. “People will wonder who we are and what we do. When someone steps into the Mobifactory they will feel like they are on a mission to some adventurous destination.”
Crystal City is the perfect spot for the Mobifactory to set up shop. This neighborhood in Arlington, VA has quickly become a center of tech and innovation in DC. It’s home to the new 1776 expansion and TechShop, among others. The Mobifactory will be parked at 1900 Crystal Drive, in the Crystal City Shops area. They are hosting their grand opening on June 11th from 11-2.
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