AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology will debut its Smartforce Rally Fighter in Dayton, Ohio, this week in honor of Manufacturing Day, a national grassroots effort designed to improve the public’s perception of manufacturing in America.
The Rally Fighter is the world’s first open-source production vehicle, designed and developed through collaboration between Local Motors and a global community made up of thousands of designers, fabricators, engineers and auto enthusiasts. The vehicle 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. AMT has redesigned the car’s body panel skin to support the association’s Smartforce Development efforts.
“The Smartforce Rally Fighter represents what’s new and exciting in manufacturing. It is high-tech, locally made, crowd-sourced and fuel-efficient,” AMT President Douglas K. Woods says. “The car’s ‘cool factor’ will help persuade students and parents to take a closer look at what manufacturing careers have to offer. The slogan on the door tells the story: ‘Manufacturing Brighter Futures.’”
Greg Jones, AMT vice president of Smartforce Development, says “AMT wants the Rally Fighter to spur conversations within communities around the country about the possibilities of careers in manufacturing.”
The Manufacturing Day “Tour de Smartforce” schedule:
Oct. 2 – Knox Machinery, Franklin, Ohio
Oct. 4 – Select Industries Corp., Dayton, Ohio
GEMCity Engineering and Manufacturing, Dayton, Ohio
Other “drive-by” visits around Dayton
Oct. 5 – College of Engineering Building, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Oct. 7 – Mazak Corp., Florence, Ky.
For more information on AMT’s Smartforce Development efforts and to download Rally Fighter photos, visit AMTonline.org/Smartforce.