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EDAG Light Cocoon Concept Uses 3D Printing, Fabric Bodywork

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/16/2014 Conner Golden
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A new concept vehicle from engineering firm EDAG utilizes uncommon construction and design to illustrate the potential future for lightweight sports cars. Called the EDAG Light Cocoon, the concept vehicle features weatherproof fabric stretched thin over a 3D-printed skeleton-style body, backlit to give the low-slung sports coupe a subtle glow.

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"We are pursuing the vision of sustainability – as demonstrated by nature: lightweight, efficient, and without any waste," explains EDAG head design Johannes Barckmann in a statement. "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."

Taking inspiration from the structure of a leaf, the team behind the Light Cocoon sourced the weatherproof fabric from outdoor outfitters Jack Wolfskin. The lightweight fabric was found to be extremely light, weighing four times less than standard photocopier paper, according to EDAG chief technical officer Jörg Ohlsen.

This is not the first time fabric has been used in a concept vehicle. The revolutionary BMW GINA Light Visionary concept revealed in 2008 utilized the same idea, albeit with a different chassis construction. The GINA utilized an aluminum wire frame, with polyurethane-coated spandex as the textile material forming the bodywork.

EDAG has previously debuted several concepts with revolutionary materials, such as the EDAG Light Car from 2009, which featured basalt-fiber construction, and the 3D-printed EDAG Genesis from earlier this year.

Look for the EDAG Light Cocoon to make its public debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Source: EDAG

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