German EDAG has announced that with the upcoming Geneva Show it’ll unveil the lighting Cocoon, a design study on the lightweight vehicle having a textile skin, a structure inspired by bionic principles as well as organic look.
The “EDAG Light Cocoon” evolves the thought of the bionically inspired body structure first introduced using the Genesis Concept, submit form study that explores the possibilities of addictive manufacturing technologies.
Above and below: the Genesis, only one section of chassis/body made out of 3D printing techniques
This vision is expanded in a full concept vehicle, which adopts an exclusive weatherproof textile outer skin, produced from the outdoor textile “Texapore Softshell” created by outdoor specialists Jack Wolfskin.
The skin comes with a distinctive look together with offering the required weather protection.
The exterior look manufactured far more unique via the backlight technology that illuminates the skeleton-like, organic structure in the outer skin.
This structure features a healthy pattern developed for maximum lightness. EDAG’s engineers done static and dynamic calculations to define the basis with this topologically optimized ideal structure.
The blend of a skinny outer skin as well as an underlying skeleton takes inspiration from leaves in addition to their inner structure which has a lightweight outer skin stretched regarding this.
The resulting graphic theme also reminds of the patterns which have been adopted today by many architects who use generative modeling techniques understanding that are pretty much made from the Voronoi diagram , a mathematical partition which is frequently obtained in nature.
From a state Website:
“We are adopting the vision of sustainability C as demonstrated naturally: lightweight, efficient, and without any waste,” explains EDAG’s head designer, Johannes Barckmann.
“The result: the ‘EDAG Light Cocoon’ presents a gradual, branch-like load bearing structure in the 3D printer, which just uses material where it’s crucial.”
EDAG CTO J?rg Ohlsen explains: “Even in the event it sounds futuristic firstly, particularly if contains a its special appeal: weighing only 19 g/m2, the Jack Wolfskin material supports maximum lightweight design requirements with minimum weight.
“To provide you with a comparison: this extremely strong material is four times lighter than standard copier paper.”
“Combined together with the topologically optimised, additively manufactured structure, it offers a superior enormous potential and stimulus for the ultimate lightweight construction for the future.”