space frame


Definition of space frame

: a usually open three-dimensional framework of struts and braces (as in buildings and racing cars) which defines a structure and distributes its weight evenly in all directions — compare monocoque, unibody

Examples of space frame in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under each replica's carbon-fiber body is a space frame engineered in Aston's Q Advanced Operations division. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "James Bond Gets a Stunt Double in No Time to Die—So Does Aston Martin's DB5," 20 Feb. 2020 Unlike any version of the TLX sedan, the high-end NSX is built at this factory on an aluminum space frame. Stephen Williams, New York Times, "This Car Comes in Any Color You Want, So Long as It’s Valencia Red," 5 Sep. 2019 Built on the same rock-solid aluminum space frame as the DB11 coupe, the Volante weighs 253 pounds more than the coupe with same engine, due to the elaborate roof mechanism and added structural bracing. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante: A Six-Figure Car That’s Worth Every Penny," 26 Apr. 2018 All-up weight for the steel space frame, its aluminum side panels, and the rooftop tent is just 250 pounds, far lighter than the combination of a bed cap (200 plus pounds alone), roof rails, and RTT, not to mention an in-bed camper. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "A Better Rooftop Tent That's a Camper, Too," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of space frame

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Space frame.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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