What if we could print our cars ourselves? What if we were to look more at how cars design cars? What if we would think the car, its materials, and its capabilities completely new? What if we remember our resources?
Automotive developer EDAG presents the COCOON
World premiere in Geneva 2015: Lively, luminous lightweight construction
Creating the future requires visions. As a supplier to the industry, a tremendous foresight is needed, only in this way can the changes of the future be seen as an opportunity and not as a problem. In order to make their own visions accessible to third parties in order to demonstrate how innovative one is as a developer, concept vehicles are very well suited. The EDAG Engineering AG headquartered in Wiesbaden brings a very special concept vehicle for the 2015 Motor Show in Geneva.
German car manufacturers prefer to be silent when it comes to their suppliers
Did you know who built an M-Class as a pick-up? Who wanted to help the blessed smart roadster with a new dress and where, for example, the BMW concept vehicle "Vision Connected Drive" originated? In the same rooms where my-car-blog now the “COCOON” was allowed to watch its pupation. But the German noble manufacturers prefer to remain silent about these birthplaces. Supplier? That sounds like a “screw supplier”. The majority of the real technological innovations are not created by the big three German premium manufacturers, but in the think tanks of the suppliers.
COCOON - In the network of innovation
Lightweight construction is a trend of the future. Prosperity extras, size, comfort and safety requirements have made our cars ever heavier. The need for more efficiency requires intelligent lightweight construction. Save material where it serves no purpose. If you look at the arts of Mother Nature, then we can learn exactly there. The ultrafeste shell of a turtle. The elastic, but resilient network of a spider. The logical lightweight construction of a leaf. Evolution always finds a solution. Why do not you just follow and imitate them? New technologies may change the pace of vehicle production faster than the automotive industry likes.
3D pressure vs. warehousing
In the supermarket you get 3D printer already for the small purse. The question that will soon arise for the automotive industry is: Do we still have to keep spare parts in stock? Or will it not soon be possible to produce simple plastic parts “on demand”? Even metals can now be produced using the 3D printing process. In addition, 3D printers are able to produce completely new designs. The keyword is bionic design. Instead of expensive and time-consuming construction processes and instead of die-casting molds and toolmaking, a technology will emerge that also uses 3D printing to produce larger, complex assemblies. Just in time. Right where you need it.
The concept vehicle Cocoon from EDAG AG demonstrates both technologies under a more familiar shell. But that is also part of the idea of “thinking ahead”.
EDAG Light COCOON in detail
Bionic design meets Jack Wolfskin
The Edag Light COCOON comes largely from a 3D printer. Modern bionic construction methods have made extremely lightweight construction possible. To illustrate the “skeleton” of the COCOON, the BIONIC concept car was covered with a resistant fabric cover by the outdoor expert “Jack Wolfskin”. The ideas, the innovations and the implementation of the “bionic construction” are in the details. From a distance, the “Light Cocoon” is above all a razor-sharp two-seater that looks a bit as if it were the shorter, cuddly brother of the BMW i8.
In order to visually illustrate the lightweight construction, the “Light COCOON” is illuminated from the inside using LED technology. This enables deep insights into the idea of “Bionicle Design”. In connection with the resistant but translucent outer skin, new light graphics can be developed at the same time. Another highlight is the integrated rear spoiler, the angle of which is changed without interrupting the surface with joints. This is thanks to the flexible cover of the Light Cocoon.
If you look at the details, you believe in a car from a science fiction movie. Skeletal rim struts, an intelligently calculated honeycomb structure for the rear crash box. The entire Edag Light COCOON turns the previous design matrix for automobiles upside down and at the same time questions it. In the bonnet alone, the Hessian technology expert saved around 30% in weight - only through bionic construction processes.
Gallery: EDAG Light COCOON
The premiere takes place in Geneva at the automobile salon 2015[= ””]
About EDAG Engineering AG:
EDAG Engineering AG was founded in 1969 and today employs 7.268 employees. The annual turnover 2013 was 632 million euros. EDAG AG focuses on the international automotive industry. As an engineering and technology partner, you are a driver of innovation and dealt with the mobility of tomorrow, among other things.