Dutch company Dimanex uses AM partners'networks to embed 3D printing in industrial supply chains, and has just announced its latest partner Lightyear, a Dutch company that is producing the first five-seat solar remote car, Light Year 1, which will be made public recently. Digital supply platform, it will have more than 60 3D printing interior components.
"You know, the total mileage of all cars in the world is about 9.5 trillion kilometers a year, most of which are combustion vehicles." Lightyear co-founder Lexhoff Street said: "It's extremely difficult to change this situation." "Nevertheless, we have taken a small step forward and built our first four-seater solar car in 2012. We have participated in competitions, experienced ups and downs, and we are more and more confident that we can really solve this huge problem. So we sat down in 2016 and started designing a company from scratch, a company that will have a huge impact in 10 to 15 years.
To enable everyone in the world, wherever they are, to get a clean way to travel, the award-winning company has raised more than 20 million euros in grants, reservations and investments over the past two years, including recently from the European Union's horizon 2020 program. Lightyear uses energy-saving design and integrated solar cells to make electric vehicles. According to different climates, it can travel up to 20,000 kilometers per year.
According to Hoefsloot, Lightyear is "applying efficiency thinking to mobility".
One of Lightyear's founding principles is efficiency, so the fast-growing company has been looking for partners with similar mentality to help create high-speed, high-quality prototypes. Lightyear met with Dimanex in March this year. The company has used its digital supply platform to acquire dozens of internal 3D printing components before its release.
"Additional manufacturing allows you to do a lot of iterations and get parts quickly. We can transform the supply chain for Lightyear and others. We provide what they need more quickly without a minimum number of orders and allow them to make the last change, "explains DiManEx Chief Operating Officer Henk Juncker, who explains the company's advantages based on cloud-based supply platforms. "There is no need for investment tools or operating funds. This is a barrier-free solution that can reduce waste. This is completely in line with the philosophy of our two companies. We're very proud of the speed with which Lightyear's team delivers components, and we're happy to see that each component comes together to form a luxury car, the first of its kind.
Dimanex's digital supply platform can be accessed from anywhere in the world by clicking a button, making it a good solution for manufacturers and component-intensive companies such as Lightyear.
Lightyear designed more than 60 3D printable components for the Lightyear One prototype, which Dimanex created through its AM partner network. Because both companies are in the same country, 3D-printed in-car parts can be provided in 4-10 days, depending on the complexity of the parts and how much post-processing work is required.
Some of these components eventually need to be changed. But as we have seen before, 3D printing is an ideal technology for prototype parts to be changed and merged at a lower cost.
There is a production plant in Hermon, and Lightyear plans to open a new office this summer. Its LightYear One model will go into production in 2020.