On last November 2011, Local Motors rebranded its web-based platform calling it “The Forge” and separated its identity from the corporate website.
The well-known platform is based on a large community of designers and provides a collaborative environment where OEMs, aftermarket companies, educational institutions and hobbyists can share ideas, design, engineering development and more.
This original co-creative approach, combined with the use of local micro-factories, led to the creation of the Rally Fighter.
Solid Edge Design1
On the occasion of the launch of the new website, Local Motors has also made available to its community – starting January 2012 – a special version of the Solid Edge CAD software, called Solid Edge Design1, presented in partnership with Siemens PLM Software.
The license fee for the software is $19.95/month.
The Open Wheel Challenge
As part of the company’s ongoing efforts to stimulate designers, which resulted in a great number of competitions launched since 2008, Local Motors has now started a new open project called Open Wheel Challenge, asking participants to submit their original wheel designs.
Unlike the standard contests, this one does not have a deadline: winners to the Open Wheel challenge will be chosen monthly. As an incentive, the top-voted wheel designs will be printed on our 3D printer and sent to the winning creators.
As Engineer Community Manager Alex Fiechter explains, “We aim to increase our library of CAD models so we will host several “challenges” to encourage engineers and designers to showcase their work. These models and others are shared openly using Creative Commons licensing to accelerate engineering development and collaboration.”