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Drivers may soon be able to have parts of the family car built to their own design by a local dealer as a result of advanced rapid manufacturing systems being...

Drivers may soon be able to have parts of the family car built to their own design by a local dealer as a result of advanced rapid manufacturing systems being developed by a consortium of UK engineers. The idea is to allow seats, steering wheels, gear knobs and handbrakes to be built to the exact individual requirements of car buyers.

The new rapid manufacturing (RM) machines will be developed through the Foresight Vehicle initiative backed financially by the UK government and aimed at keeping the country ahead with high technology in the automotive sector (and find an answer to the growing competition from India and China).

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