EDAG Press Release
World Premiere “EDAG GENESIS” at the Geneva Motor Show 2014
EDAG shows off its exhibit “EDAG GENESIS” a visionary outlook on the future of automotive development and manufacturing.
A component, module, or even a complete body from a piece manufactured in a single production process! Impossible? What today sounds like utopia, the current advances in additive manufacturing have made a whole lot achievable. Reason enough for EDAG, a leading development service to the automotive industry to assess the status quo of “additive manufacturing process” regarding their industrial application for components, modules to complete bodies and classify time.
At the Geneva Motor Show, EDAG presents the futuristic vehicle Sculpture “EDAG GENESIS,” which demonstrate the revolutionary potential of generative manufacturing the example of a body structure. “EDAG GENESIS” is based on the bionic patterns of a turtle, whose armor provides protection and cushioning and is united with the movement skeleton. The skeletal frame of the exhibit is reminiscent of naturally grown bones which are a clear highlight in the form and arrangement: These organic structures can not be built with conventional tools! Here the generative production could open the designers and engineers in the future enormous degrees of freedom and new possibilities for the development and manufacturing.
Future or utopia? The EDAG analysis has the answers!
A multidisciplinary team composed of EDAG designers and specialists of EDAG Competence Center “lightweight” has investigated the potential of promising methods of generative manufacturing detail and discussed with experts from research and industry. As candidates for the positioning of the “additive manufacturing” were among others technologies such as Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Selective Laser Melting (SLM), stereolithography (SLA) to the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) on.
The technologies were quantified in a specially developed evaluation matrix for evaluation, which included criteria such as relevance structure, possible component size to manufacturing tolerance and production cost. As a result, an advanced FDM presented as a promising candidate for future issues of “generative manufacturing” within the contrast to other technologies, the FDM the ability to manufacture almost any component sizes, as there is no restriction by a predetermined space is given. Rather, the structures by the application of thermoplastic materials are generated by robots. In free space, built layer by layer complex structures – entirely without tools and devices. Bring The possibility of continuous carbon fibers in the manufacturing process, also the desired strength and stiffness values ‹‹can be achieved. Although the industrial use of generative production process is just beginning, and the revolutionary advantages in terms of degrees of freedom in the development of the tool-less manufacturing make this technology to a future issue.
From today’s perspective, the production of components and in the next step of modules is quite achievable. The goal of being able to produce complete bodies with generative manufacturing processes is still far from industrial applications and is currently a desirable vision.
The EDAG Group will follow the further evolution of the “additive manufacturing.” Develop and introduce Practicable and valid use cases for use in component development and production: The goal. At the beginning of smaller structural components are initially available, but we would like to contribute to developing the revolutionary idea of additive manufacturing continued:
A COMPONENT – A MODULE – ONE BODY – A VISION