Did you get excited while learning about Project Ara when Motorola first announced it last month? Then you’ll be pleased to hear that Moto has made some progress on its ambitious project. The company says that it’s tapping 3D Systems to build a high-speed 3D printing production platform that will be used to create the smartphone parts used with Project Ara.
3D Systems explains that, as part of the deal, it plans to “substantially expand” its printing capabilities and combine different manufacturing methods in order to create an integrated high-speed production platform. Once it has done so, it will use that platform to make the casings and modules for Project Ara smartphones. 3D Systems also notes that if it is successful in creating its 3D printing production platform, it will serve as Motorola’s exclusive fulfillment partner on Project Ara.
Project Ara still has a way to go before it becomes something that everyday consumers know about and have access to, but it’s clear that Motorola is working to make Ara a reality. As for where the project goes from here, Motorola has said that it’ll begin inviting developers to create modules as early as December, followed by the release of a dedicated Module Development Kit in the coming months. If you’d like to be a part of Project Ara, you can still sign up to be an Ara Scout and contribute research to the effort by hitting up the dscout website.