Ariz. – December 1, 2011– Local
Motors, a next generation American car company that employs a unique
approach to vehicle design called co-creation, launched The
Forge, a collaborative vehicular web-based platform that allows OEMs,
aftermarket companies, educational institutions and hobbyists to engage the
Local Motors community for ideas, design, engineering development and more.
Forge provides the automotive industry with an open development platform and a
community of contributors, as well as a turnkey process for product development
and carefully crafted community challenges. Local Motors provides an expert team
to guide clients and sculpt development challenges for a successful outcome.
conference in Las Vegas, NV in November, Local Motors unveiled a preview of
The Forge to attendees with much fanfare. The new platform officially launched
to the Local Motors community on 11/11/11.
Forge is a dynamic, collaborative online forum for design and engineering
enthusiasts to bring innovative concepts to fruition,” says Jay Rogers, CEO of
Local Motors. “We have seen it done before with our Rally Fighter and our
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency vehicle, and we are excited to watch
it done again in the building of vehicle concepts like our Open Electric Vehicle
Forge community not only benefits from a talented network of over 13,000 members
in the co-creation process, but they also benefit from tools exclusively
available to the Local Motors community. Also on 11/11/11, Local Motors
announced its partnership with Siemens
PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division
and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and
services. As part of this partnership, The Forge community has access to Solid
Edge Design1, the first affordable professional CAD software for design and
engineering enthusiasts for $19.95 per month, as well as a new free 3D viewing
experience based on Siemens PLM Software’s widely used JT data format.
Motors has proven that entire vehicles and components can be designed,
engineered and built with successful results through what is called
“co-creation.” To Local Motors, co-creation simply means inviting anyone to
join a virtual development process at www.local-motors.com,
where company and contributors create together. Local Motors hosts over 13,000
community contributors and growing, including customers as well as amateur to
professional designers, engineers and fabricators.
The Forge, basically, your product development team just increased
substantially,” states Rogers.
more information about Local Motors, The
Forge and/or to join in the design process, visit www.local-motors.com.
Motors is a new American car company setting an exciting and sustainable course
to design, manufacture, and sell cars for niche markets.
Motors co-creates new purposeful vehicles and components with their community of
designers, engineers and enthusiasts using open source principals. Anyone can
join the Local Motors community at www.local-motors.com
to assist in designing and engineering of new vehicles, and anyone can help
choose which vehicles are produced and available for purchase. Local Motors
shares all vehicle data to allow easier modification, home builds or creation of
new components to fit existing vehicles. Local Motors does not sell kits.
get to build their co-created vehicle at the Local-Motors micro-factory with
professional assistance. The build is completed during 2, 3-day build
Motors is the first automotive co-creation community, and the first company to
produce an open source vehicle. Founded less than 4 years ago, Local Motors is
home to over 60,000 car design concepts, 13,000 community members, 20 full time
employees, one production vehicle, the Rally Fighter, and one vehicle co-created
for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
first open source production vehicle brought to market by the Local Motors
community is the Rally Fighter, a street-legal off-road desert racer developed
for the American Southwest. The Rally Fighter features dual ride height manual
adjust, 20” wheel travel, and an LS3 EROD V8 engine. It weighs only 3,400 lbs
due to its steel chassis and composite panel construction.
Motors has been recognized for its groundbreaking approach to automotive
development, appearing in articles in Popular Science, Wired
and Popular Mechanics magazines. And, in a speech about manufacturing
delivered on June 24, 2011 at Carnegie Mellon University, United States
President Barack Obama recognized Local Motors for designing and building a new
combat support vehicle for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
(DARPA) in less than four months. The president credited Local Motors’ ability
to collapse development time for not only delivering the vehicle “ahead of
schedule”, but also for its potential to “save taxpayers billions of dollars”
and possibly even “save lives” by getting necessary equipment to the battlefield