The three-dimensional (3D) printing of goods of all kinds is referred to as »additive manufacturing«. In this process, automatic printers add the material to a work piece layer by layer; the printers "add up" so to speak, and continue to do so until the product is completed. Additive manufacturing has many positive effects. Among other things, costs and production times are drastically reduced.
The Sunglider vehicles will all be printed fully automatically and controlled by AI computer algorithms. The printed parts and components are assembled by hand and by small robots. All vehicles are printed from natural composite materials and are 100% recyclable. Sunglider vehicles are not scrapped, but shredded and then reprinted.
We call this qualitative leap in industrial manufacturing »Industry 5.0«. Robots, 3D printing and networked machines are revolutionizing production everywhere. Instead of transporting goods at great expense, only data are exchanged digitally and globally, from development to production. This allows Sunglider to manufacture the vehicles on-site, in micro-factories no larger than traditional workshops, with no supply chains. The PANOS, KATOS & CARGO vehicles are produced and serviced at home in small numbers, cost-effectively and according to requirements.
They are also serviced in the micro factories. The supply of raw materials and materials is primarily solved through recycling. This saves a huge amount of energy and resources and it leads to very low manufacturing costs for the vehicles and a very small ecological footprint at the same time.
Drastically falling manufacturing costs, low costs in the construction of the route, new construction forms, the latest developments in elevator production, further falling costs for PV modules and intelligent solutions for energy distribution, all this leads to amazing system-investment-costs per mile that are significantly lower compared to trams and 10 times below the investment in urban subways. At the same time, the operating and maintenance costs are lower than with any other public transport system in the world thanks to the massive savings in energy and personnel. This is offset by financial potentials created by the selling of 30,000 MWh of power to the market and the sale of CO2 certificates.
All this is unprecedented – not only in public transport. If you add the income from the cargo business, from merchandising and the sale of third-party tickets, you can prove that the Sunglider can really offer a zero tariffs transport system and still earn money.