the LOCI is a design prototype for a fully 3D printed autonomous electric podcar specifically designed as a “last mile” transportation solution in urban environments: airport and train station departures, daily work commutes, campus transport, local deliveries or anything you can imagine. The LOCI was envisioned and designed by BigRep’s innovation consultancy, NOWLAB, with a team of creators behind other incredible mobility innovations like the NERA eBike.
Developed using parametric modeling, the LOCI utilizes the full potential of additive manufacturing and its limitless flexibility. The podcar’s design can be easily customized for a given location or application; adjusting purpose, materials, structural properties, special tires for different terrains, custom branding, or integrated additional features like solar power.
The LOCI takes advantage of new BigRep Part DNA™ technology, embedding NFC chips into the 3D printed parts. This chip can be scanned using a mobile device to identify parts. In the future it can additionally be integrated with sensors to monitor part status and provide maintenance or replacement information – simply scan the part and print a replacement.
Built with just 14 unique parts, LOCI measures 85cm x 146cm x 285cm, with the largest part measuring 1000 x 600 x 700 mm. All parts were printed with a BigRep PRO, BigRep Studio G2, or BigRep ONE additive system. The pod showcases the possibilities of 3D printing and engineering-grade filaments for industrial manufacturing: The body was printed with BigRep’s PRO HT, for the airless tires designers opted for TPU, the bumpers were created with PLX, and beams and joints with PA6/66.
LOCI Design Team:
BigRep CIO, NOWLAB Co-Founder: Daniel Büning
Lead Designer: Marco Mattia Cristofori
Design Team: Mirek Claßen, Lindsay Lawson, Tobias Storz, Angelo Vannicola, Marco Backenhaus
Marketing and Creative: Amir Fattal
San Francisco and Dubai Concept Design: Marco Traverso
Learn more about NOWLAB: https://bigrep.com/nowlab
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