US 9,809,265 B2
Modular formed nodes for vehicle chassis and their methods of use
Kevin R. Czinger, Greenwich, CT (US); William Bradley Balzer, Santa Monica, CA (US); Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Long Beach, CA (US); Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Hermosa Beach, CA (US); and Matthew M. O'Brien, Hermosa Beach, CA (US)
Assigned to Divergent Technologies, Inc., Los Angeles, CA (US)
Filed by Divergent Technologies, Inc., Los Angeles, CA (US)
Filed on May 15, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/713,272.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/994,781, filed on May 16, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2016/0325796 A1, Nov. 10, 2016
Int. Cl. B60J 7/00 (2006.01); B62D 65/02 (2006.01); B62D 23/00 (2006.01); B62D 27/02 (2006.01)
CPC B62D 65/02 (2013.01) [B62D 23/005 (2013.01); B62D 27/023 (2013.01)] 9 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A joint member for connection of a plurality of connecting tubes forming a space frame, said joint member comprising:
a plurality of acceptor ports, wherein each acceptor port comprises (i) an inner protrusion with an outer diameter less than or equal to an inner diameter of a corresponding connecting tube of the space frame, said inner protrusion sized and shaped to be inserted into an end of the corresponding connecting tube, (ii) an outer protrusion with an inner diameter greater than or equal to an outer diameter of the corresponding connecting tube, said outer protrusion sized and shaped to fit over at least a portion of an outer surface of the end of the corresponding connecting tube, and (iii) a seal disposed between the inner and outer protrusions and extending around the outer diameter of the inner protrusion.