|manual for XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES
XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES enables persons to build their own vehicles for transporting persons or goods. XYZ
SPACEFRAME VEHICLES is based on a low cost, light weight, highly durable construction requiring only simple
hand-held, non specialized tools to produce. With XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES, N55 offers a new alternative to
mass produced traditional cycle products, often made from low grade materials and not made to last or being
The designs of XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES including any new construction principle used in the system and the XYZ
construction and connection principle are Open Source provided under the rules of Creative Commons as
specified here. ( Noncommercial — You
may not use this work for commercial purposes. Any use of the works must include proper credits to N55 and
collaborator Till Wolfer and a link to www.N55.dk. ). The construction drawings for the XYZ ONESEATER can be
downloaded for free here
Public spaces in our cities are dominated by dangerously fast, heavy, noisy and polluting cars. The majority
of cars are used for transporting one or two persons. The constantly increasing number of cars cause traffic
jams and make them inefficient and slow as a means of getting from one point to another in the city. Most cars
are using fossil fuels, hereby destroying the environment on our planet with co2 emissions. Our children and
we move around in the city constantly risking our lives. The car industry, a large concentration of power with
close connections to politicians and decision makers, are now trying to convince us that electrically powered
standard cars are the answer to the traffic problems in the world. But the pollution is just moved elsewhere
and electrical cars are just as dangerous to persons as traditional cars. Moving 100 or 200 kg's of body
weight using a machine that weighs 1000 kg or more is just plain stupid and must be unacceptable from any sane
societal point of view. Cars make sense for long distance transport and in rural districts. But in the cities,
they are a leftover from less democratic and more brutal times. Before the cars invaded our public space,
things and people where transported not only using horsepower, but also a variety of push- carts and large
cargo bicycles. Its possible to do that again. Especially combined with intelligent public transportation.
Persons could get their daily exercise in a productive way instead of mindless training in time and power
consuming fitness centers. N55 proposes that persons reclaim the streets and use them for non polluting, safe,
light-weight transport and pedestrians. This would free up large quantities of public space which could be
used for cultural purposes, growing food, micro businesses etc. Wide bicycle-lanes should be established to
allow for a great diversity in human or small semi-electrical powered vehicles to emerge. There is a tendency
that the industry and hereby large concentrations of power prevent us from producing things ourselves. They
attempt to gain a monopoly over the delivery of things needed for our everyday lives. There is already an
enormous difference in the prices the industry pays for raw materials compared to what an individual person
must pay. Because they have an interest in selling as much as possible, the industry provides low quality
products that breaks down fast and are being disposed of. Its necessary that persons takes back the control of
production of anything from housing to vehicles, make themselves able to repair and produce things by
understanding and mastering everyday life technologies. XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES can be seen as an attempt to
encourage such behavior.
Substituting cars with human powered vehicles would obviously have a vast impact on the worlds CO2 pollution.
To produce aluminum requires large amounts of energy and it's production is therefore often situated in close
to renewable energy sources, such as hydro-power. However, because of it's low melting point, recycling and
remelting aluminum requires much less energy than recycling most other metals. Aluminum is the third most
common mineral on Earth and roughly half as strong as steel but weighs a third. So Aluminum has a better
weight/ strenght ratio than steel. Because of its unique ability to oxidize fast, it protects its own surface
with aluminum oxide and is therefore highly weather-resistant. If the correct alloy is used, no surface
treatment involving poisonous compounds is needed.
Currently we have developed the following models:
XYZ ONESEATER- construction drawings avalable here
Spare parts are cheap and easy to produce. This eases the repair and maintenance of the XYZ SPACEFRAME
VEHICLES. Moving parts must be kept clean and grease applied on a regular basis.If the surface of the aluminum
gets a dull look it can be polished using toothpaste.
Because of the modular nature of the XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES system, its easy to customize.
A cover or a body to improve the wind resistance and protect from weather condition can be applied.
XYZ ONE SEATER dimensions:
Watch a video from a XYZ CARGO workshop at PB43, Denmark here
By N55 in collaboration with Till Wolfer