The Humdinga is an Amphibious vehicle and an engineering masterpiece capable of highspeed transport over land and water. The Humdinga was designed as either recreational, utility or a first responder vehicle. It reaches land speeds of 80mph and 30mph on water; the vehicle transition from land to water takes only seconds.
The vehicle measures seven metres in length and can seat up to nine passengers. Due to the demands and rigours of its real-world application, the carbon fibre hull needs to be robust and its construction flawless to achieve the mechanical capabilities which it was designed to perform.
We were charged with constructing the hull, wheel bins and spray rails. The enormity of the hull presented a series of challenges which the original design specification had failed to identify so it was up to us to take the design approach back to the drawing board.
The original design specification, due to the coefficient of thermal expansion, resulted in a 12mm tool and component differential which would compromise the vehicle shell. Fluctuating monolithic areas of some parts thirty plies thick required that the approach warranted multiple cure phases to achieve a final product absent of abnormalities which would not compromise the components and form.
The complexity of the final vehicle required foam-cored sections which were 3 dimensional in form and therefore multifaceted in construction. The original master pattern draw process and resulting compatibility issues would also therefore result in catastrophe and potential collapse.
To achieve a final product which would reflect the integrity of the original design we needed to rethink the production strategy. We engaged in a process of build and learn, and activated a collaborative working synergy with industry leading consultants to bridge the design faults which were corrupting the build process.
The process which we settled on saved over a half a million pounds in design costs and reduced the build time by 70%. This was unimaginable and broke new ground on what was possible.
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