During the Geneva Motor Show EDAG Engineering announced that were developing a new car in the form of the EDAG Light Cocoon that is equipped with a skeleton passenger cell that has been 3D printed using a new technique called “fused deposition modelling”.
Now the company has released more details about what they think will be the future lightweight construction, a complete, bionically optimised vehicle structure that has been combined with a weatherproof textile outer skin panel with fabric from Jack Wolfskin.
Inspiration for the new EDAG Light Cocoon has been taken from nature and EDAG’s head designer, Johannes Barckmann explains : “We are pursuing the vision of sustainability – as demonstrated by nature: lightweight, efficient, and without any waste,”-“The result: the ‘EDAG Light Cocoon’ presents a stable, branch-like load bearing structure from the 3D printer, which only uses material where it is absolutely necessary.”
The EDAG Light Cocoon has been designed to be a concept offering the future of a compact, dynamic sports car, but also provide passengers with an unprecedented protection using the ultimate in future lightweight construction. EDAG explains a little more :
“The EDAG designers took a leaf as their inspiration for the ultimate, lightweight outer skin. Just as with a leaf, which has an ideal structure with a lightweight outer skin stretched over it, a textile skin covers the “EDAG Light Cocoon”.
In Jack Wolfskin, outdoor specialists, the ideal project partner was found to supply a tried and tested stretch fabric that is also extremely weatherproof, to serve as the new outer body skin. “Even if it sounds futuristic to begin with, this approach has a its own special appeal: weighing no more than 19 g/m², the Jack Wolfskin material supports maximum lightweight design requirements with minimum weight.”
For more information on the new EDAG Light Cocoon car and the technologies used to build it jump over to the EDAG website for details.