Open-source production vehicle to honor American manufacturing
The Association For Manufacturing Technology will debut its Smartforce Rally Fighter in Dayton, Ohio, this week in honor of Manufacturing Day. AMT is a proud sponsor of the national grassroots effort to improve the public’s perception of manufacturing in America. The association joins in supporting the hundreds of manufacturers across the country that are opening their doors to their communities to showcase today’s manufacturing industry and the career opportunities it provides.
The Smartforce Rally Fighter embodies the spirit of Manufacturing Day and American manufacturing innovation. The Rally Fighter itself is the world’s first open-source production vehicle, designed and developed by collaboration between Local Motors and a global community made up of thousands of designers, fabricators, engineers and auto enthusiasts.
The Rally Fighter caught the attention of visitors to the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in 2012 where a five-member team built the car live on the show floor – culminating with starting the engine and driving out of Chicago’s McCormick Place at the end of the event. AMT redesigned the car’s body panel skin to support the association’s Smartforce Development efforts.