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Helixx uses 3D printing to simplify production of mobility vans

The all-electric, single-seater vans are expected to start production in 2024 with a run of 100 vehicles

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According to Top Gear, Helixx, a British mobility solutions franchise, has released pictures of its first demonstrator vehicle – an all-electric, 3D printed, single-seater van with a central driving position that aims to “support sustainable economic development in emerging megacities”.

Helixx is reportedly planning a full range of additional, small commercial vehicles – including a pickup truck, a closed-body taxi with seats in the back, and an open-bodied vehicle that passengers can hop in and out of – after the launch of this van.

Helixx uses 3D printing to simplify production of mobility vans. The all-electric vans are expected to start production in the 2024.

The ‘Helixx commercial delivery van’ is only 3.2m long, and 1.5m wide, but has 2,100 liters of space and a 500kg payload, in the back. The rear door is 110cm wide, and the load bay is 140cm long – enabling a shipping pallet to fit neatly inside.

The single-seat configuration means there’s more load space up front, and that no changes need to be made for sales in left-hand drive markets.

Helixx uses 3D printing to simplify production of mobility vans. The all-electric vans are expected to start production in the 2024.
3D printed steering wheel.

Helixx plans to build its vehicles in flat pack ‘Mobility Hubs’ in local markets around the world – enabled by the company’s use of 3D printing for all of its structural and cosmetic body parts. The actual body consists of just five key parts that ‘click and bond’ together, without any need for welding – resulting in a simplification of the manufacturing process by up to 50%.

Production in the UK is expected to start in 2024, with a run of 100 vehicles.

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