VANGEST took on the exciting challenge to prototype the TUGA in partnership with Tuga Innovations…
TUGA is a versatile 3 wheeled electric vehicle designed for the urban landscape. It can be adapted for different purposes from a motorcycle, to a convertible, to a delivery vehicle to a 2-passenger ride. It is one vehicle that offers many solutions.
VANGEST is one partner that was able to offer many solutions for a project that had many different components which required different processes.
From engineering design (GRANDESIGN that converted the dream into a feasible reality), to 3D printing solutions, to fibre glass composite, to the finishing process and painting, to assembly and to the many steps in between, VANGEST offers a full scope of solutions at its Industrial Complex and was able to complete the project in optimal time.
Having the technologies and solutions is one thing, but it is the know-how of the team and the forward-thinking mentality that makes a project successful. Knowing which solutions will provide the best outcome and thinking ahead of what challenges may arise, is how you make the process efficient, time saving and cost effective.
CHALLENGES = SOLUTIONS
Time is a challenge in every project, but by opting to use certain technologies, we ensure we deliver on time.
One of the ways we saved time in making the TUGA prototype at our Rapid Prototyping Centre is to utilise our 3D printing technology. 3D printing is accurate and produces parts fast. It is also the quickest way to verify each component and verify the overall design.Another challenge was to make the TUGA a lightweight vehicle so it can run as efficiently as possible and will use less electricity for a more environmentally friendly transport. In order to achieve this, we made fibre glass composites as part of the structure.
The look and feel of the prototype start coming together in the finishing stage. With time efficient finishing processes and high-quality coatings, we get a glimpse of the real TUGA. The assembly stage is where the design finally turns into reality! We carefully assembled each component and ensured that each part is perfect.
The TUGA has come full circle from design to prototype and it was an exciting project in partnership with TUGA Innovations.
We cannot wait to see the prototype go into production and see how it will change urban mobility in the future.