nils ferber: screwdriver powered vehicle nils ferber: screwdriver powered vehicle
mar 11, 2011

nils ferber: screwdriver powered vehicle

‘EX’ by nils ferber all images ©  nils ferber

hamburg-based designer nils ferber has developed ‘EX’, a vehicle that is powered by two 18-volt-screwdrivers as engines. these screwdrivers run in the same direction in order that they produce the maximum power possible, with overrunning clutch gearwheels used to transmit the torque. it has the capacity to go up to 30 km/h

the driver is positioned headlong over the vehicle

the driver is positioned headlong on the three-wheeled vehicle with arms sprawled. in order to steer – tilt and bend – the vehicle, one must use their entire body to manoeuvre themselves, different than holding a steering wheel or handle bar.

the individual parts of the vehicle are CNC milled, while modified bicycle parts are used for a majority of its drive components. aesthetically, instead of hiding the mechanical parts of ‘EX’ under a shell, all is left exposed, displaying how the vehicle works.

detail of the joint parts and screwdrivers

‘EX’ is designed and built in collaboration with sebastian auray, ruben faber and ludolf von oldershausen.

here is a look at some of the process work that took place in the development of ‘EX’: LEGO was a useful tool in the first stages of the project, allowing ferber to play around with various steering mechanisms

wooden mock-up

full scale steel model

scale model in which mechanical components were attached and modified

custom-made aluminium parts

CAD drawing of the frame model

via red ferret

  • se ne sentiva veramente la mancanza

    max says:
  • aha!

    michael says:
  • I think I see a spelling mistake…

    The rider is propelled headlong over the vehicle.?

    Try the rider is propelled headlong into the (other) vehicles!

    Gareth says:
  • power (to the) tools!
    may i get an tron version one to beat the hell up every program on the grid? please?

    buzzoff says:
  • Now this is a really old one. I have seen it on television some years ago I think, taking part at the [url=http://www.akkuschrauberrennen.de/] “screwdriver race” [/url], famous between German design students. As far as I remember it did not succeed very much. Steering did not work etc….

    comment says:
  • screwdriver had other funktion. Lets make the new –blender race –.

    dieter says:
  • A ‘power drill’ such as those used here would never be called a screwdriver where I come from… is this term just for dramatic effect?

    Ian says:
  • Appreciate it for this post, I am a big fan of this website would like to keep updated.

    screwdrivers says:
  • Very interesting site. Hope it will always be alive!

    screwdrivers says:

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