We are currently working on many variations of a "Next-Generation" model of the AirFlow Truck. Shown here is a SolidWorks virtual model of one of those many concept vehicles. The AirFlow Truck Company 2015 Alpha Concept Vehicle. All the air gaps between the tractor and the trailer and the complete perimeter ground effects are dynamic and are shown in their deployed state. Production is contingent upon obtaining the necessary funding.
"AirFlow Under Glass."
Here is an actual plastic display model of the AirFlow Truck 2015 Alpha Concept Vehicle. This model was on display at the SolidWorks World convention in San Antonio, Texas in January 2011.
Thanks to our Good Friends and Partners at SolidWorks!
The AirFlow Truck 2015 Alpha Concept Vehicle is an actual plastic model that was created using SolidWorks CAD software. This was done using a technique that we call "Reverse-Sculpting" to create the actual model.
The actual name of the technique is Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). FDM is an additive manufacturing technology commonly used for modeling, prototyping, and production applications. FDM works on an "additive" principle by laying down material in layers. A plastic filament is unwound from a coil and supplies material to an extrusion nozzle which can turn the flow on and off. The nozzle is heated to melt the material and can be moved in both horizontal and vertical directions by a numerically controlled mechanism, directly controlled by Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software package. The model or part is produced by extruding small beads of thermoplastic material to form layers as the material hardens immediately after extrusion from the nozzle. Stepper motors or servo motors are typically employed to move the extrusion head. So the model is built inch by inch, layer by layer, in three dimensions. Very cool.
Fused Deposition Modeling: 1 - nozzle ejecting molten plastic, 2 - deposited material (modeled part), 3 - controlled moveable table.
We would like to thank our Good Friends and Partners at CAPINC in Manchester New Hampshire for creating the parts for the model on their Stratasys FDM 3-D printer.