Like a tadpole losing its tail, the Aquastrada Delta amphibious vehicle
cruises the shore, then climbs up onto it. Created by a team of engineers in
Carmel, CA, the vehicle achieves top speeds of 100 mph on the road and 45 mph on
water, says chief designer Gary Gere. With a 139-inch wheelbase, the 18-foot,
2,830-pound Delta is no minnow.
Aquastrada International Corp. is patenting or has patented many aspects of the vehicle design, and will display it at the New York International Boat Show this month. Look for production models in 1997. The price: $150,000.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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