Siemens PLM Software and Local Motors strike partnership deal centered around Solid Edge and crowdsourcing design approach


Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, has announced a new partnership with next-gen American car company Local Motors, which employs the use of a novel vehicle design process called co-creation.


This unique approach to vehicle design involves the adoption of the popular crowdsourcing concept, which absorbs the creative design inputs of an open design community – in this case a community of 13,000 – including the inputs of eventual customers of the vehicle.

The first effort of this collaborative process resulted in the Rally Fighter, the world’s first open source production vehicle.

According to the press release by Siemens, as part of the agreement, Local Motors has adopted the company’s Solid Edge® software as the computer-aided design (CAD) tool for its recently launched Open Electric Vehicle project and is recommending the software to its entire product design community.

“We need to work with companies and individuals who can understand and appreciate our one-of-a-kind business model, and we need a powerful CAD tool with the ease of use, flexibility and adaptability to unleash the full creativity and innovative thinking of our diverse design community,” said Jay Rogers, president, CEO and Co-Founder, Local Motors.

“We looked at several different options and unanimously determined that Siemens PLM Software and their Solid Edge application were an excellent fit. Solid Edge is easy to learn and use and its unique synchronous technology feature enables our design community to more intuitively realise design intent and more seamlessly share 3D geometry data with other CAD software.”

He said that one of the first results of its partnership with Siemens PLM Software will be seen with the Local Motors’ Open Electric Vehicle project, created to design a reusable open source chassis that can be included in electric vehicle creation.

Siemens PLM Software will provide design and development tools to support this effort, including its 3D CAD Software Solid Edge with synchronous technology, an exclusive capability that combines the speed and flexibility of direct modeling with the precise control of dimension driven design.

Local Motors’ next project is the development of “Local Forge”, a co-creative platform for transportation design, to be made available to automotive companies including manufacturers of aftermarket parts and accessories.

“We are excited to establish this partnership with an innovative and forward thinking organisation like Local Motors, and proud that they have selected Solid Edge for their Open Electric Vehicle project, and as a recommended CAD tool for their extended product design community,” said Karsten Newbury, senior vice president and general manager of Solid Edge and Velocity Series, Siemens PLM Software.

“Its power to address the demanding design configurations, tight time schedules and quality standards inherent in the Local Motors approach will serve to validate and further stimulate the growing market momentum of Solid Edge with synchronous technology.”