DailyDirt: Interesting Designs For Common Items

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A lot of products have been revolutionized by relatively simple re-designs. Velcro. The spork. Sometimes it’s little changes that make a big difference. And sometimes there’s just too much of a barrier to overcome for old designs to be replaced, no matter how much improvement could be gained. Here are just a few designs that you might see more often someday.

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Lawrence D?Oliveiro says:

Gullwing: That?s 1950s, not 1980s

Gullwing doors were first introduced with the Mercedes-Benz 300SL in 1952. You know why? Because it was a space-frame design. And the more holes you cut in a space-frame (for pesky things like doors and windows), the weaker it becomes. So they came up with this compromise door design that didn?t require as big a hole as a conventional swing-door.

nasch (profile) says:

Re: Is it safe?

You’ll be losing that side B-pillar, or at least its connection to the frame. Can it stand up to side-impact collisions?

That might be an issue with a retrofit like in the video, but if a car were designed with these doors from the beginning, it would be no problem. Look at the Mazda RX-8 for example. It has the same large door opening with no B-pillar as these cars, it’s just with conventional doors.

Whoever says:


Think about the fact that the door has a glass window, which means that the door cannot bend (also, doors have to have structure to resist impact, latch properly, etc.). Now think about:
1. Where is the bottom of the door, when the door is half down?
2. If that doesn’t convince you, think about where the middle of the door is, when the door is half way down?
3. If that doesn’t convince you, take a look under your car and ask yourself if there is room to stow a door under there.
4. The sills provide much of the structural integrity of cars. This “door” appears to require complete removal of the sills.
5. And finally, if this door system is so wonderful, why are there no videos with actual news reporters looking at the doors? Why are the only videos made by the company that claims to make this door?

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