Toshiyama’s most famous product, the dove shaped shortbread, Hato sable, will be delivered locally by cutting edge technology
Honda has developed, a short-range micro commuter electric vehicle for use by Japanese confectionery maker, Toshimaya.
The car has been jointly development with Kabuku Inc., and is based on an open innovation model that incorporates the idea of variable design platform. The vehicle was unveiled at CEATEC Japan 2016 last week.
For this project Kabuku used its Rinkak mass customization solutions – Rinkak being the brand name of the digital manufacturing marketplace and 3D printing services offered by the company. Here Kabuku took advantage of rapid 3D design, a mold-less development process for 3D printers and a digital manufacturing factory network.
The micro vehicle uses a chassis constructed from Honda’s rigid but lightweight pipe frame structure, while 3D printing techniques were used to create the exterior panels and luggage space.
The Micro Commuter is powered by Honda’s Micro EV technology, designed for short-range trips up to approximately 80 km (50 miles) and is used on the MC- 7 ultra compact EV in Japan.
This vehicle is different from other examples of Honda micro EVs in providing space for a driver only and a generous space for goods. It will be used to carry out local deliveries of Toshiyama’s most famous product, dove shaped shortbread, Hato sablé.
Kabuku Inc. develops products and services that fuse hardware, software and design with core digital fabrication technology. Its Rinkak Business brand offers 3D printing technology solutions to corporate clients and supports activities of digital creators around the world.
In 2014 Kabuku joined in a business partnership with Dentsu and in addition to Honda has worked with the likes of Toyota, Olympus, Microsoft, Square Enix, Loft, Conran Shop, Calpis and Fuji TV.
Rinkak Factory provides business critical cloud services for manufacturing factories using 3D printers and the Rinkak 3D Printing Manufacturing Management Service offers a partner programme to contract 3D printed manufacturing work from global customers.
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