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Have you ever wondered why home improvement delivery trucks have that little forklift piggybacking on the back of the trailer? To make unloading all the heavy supplies easier, of course. But what happens if you're trying to unload a massive amount of bamboo quickly and without a forklift? For this driver, the answer is to get creative.
Bamboo offers plenty of advantages over traditional manufacturing materials. Besides being a fast-growing plant that can be produced in a range of environments, bamboo can be impressively strong and rigid. Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue and German product designer Albercht Birkner have teamed up to create a new concept that aims to explore the possibilities of bamboo in modern vehicle manufacturing. The Phoenix Bamboo Car is hewn from bamboo, steel and nylon, and it took the concept's worker
The quest for ever-better lightweight manufacturing materials has led one electric vehicle builder to consider using woven bamboo fiber and vegetable resin in the place of costly carbon fiber or heavy fiberglass. The material is already being put to use in the surfboard industry, and Greg Abbott, a guy who spends his days converting internal-combustion vehicles to EVs, says that in the future, EV kits may have bodies that use bamboo for their body structure. Abbott says the material is strong en
Dreamed up by Monash University industrial design student, Alexander Vittouris, the Ajiro bamboo tricycle is one of the most intriguing modes of transport we've ever seen. On looks alone, the Ajiro is impressive. But it's Vittouris' approach to design that could revolutionize the world.
It's become apparent that the folks who design green cars truly realize that their efforts should stand apart from the crowd. While some trod the tried and true path of bringing sexy back, others seem to make huge efforts to scare sexy away. Vehicles in this later camp seem to come, more often than not, from China, though there are certainly other countries who seem to think that green means weird. (We're looking at you, France) The reigning champion of car bizarre is no doubt the Tang Hua "Detr
It may surprise some people that there are so many uses for bamboo. Many structural devices can be made from the material. Including bicycles. Yes, that's right! Not only is bamboo sufficiently stiff, it also is quite light, making it a great material for the construction of bike frames. The stalks grow in a nice "tube" shape, making the frames compatible with bicycle accessories and equipment.