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Design


Process


Design Ideas

 We aimed for the design to be futuristic, aesthetic, and original, both in the exterior as in the interior. 
Assumptions:
- self-driving vehicle
- modular interior
- bright, soft interior
- protective, hard exterior
     


Building Models: Crystal Bean Electric Vehicle Concept

The chosen vehicle design combines the industrial and the sensual, the hard and the soft, a sculptural marriage of opposites in an iconic timeless design. A cold multi-faceted shell hosting a warm protective cocoon. Performance and strength on the outside, pleasure and freedom on the inside is our vision of the future of mobility.  

3Doodle Model

 

Using the four-wheeled Arduino-based robotic car as the model vehicle, a scaled version of the dome was built using wooden sticks and plastic panels.  

 

Discussing Designs

Should the chassis be shortened? Should the seat frames be removed? What would be the simplest and most efficient configuration? 

Which parts of the chassis should be kept and what kind of structure could accommodate handicapped users?

Design Process Results


Fabrication and Testing Design Methods

                                                             
Method A- Overlapping the acrylic onto the metal frame              Method B- Slotting the acrylic into the metal frame

Method C- Using tape to connect the triangles to form a dome

Table below comparing the different methods of fabricating the dome.

 

A (overlap)

B (slot)

C (tape)

Waterproof

8

3

2

Can hold shape

10

7

5

Hard

10

8

5

Visibility

6

6

8

Door fabrication (Ease)

7

7

6

Ease of fabrication

4

3

7

Weight

2

3

7

Speed of fabrication

5

4

7

Supply of materials

7

7

9

Experience welding

2

2

-

Scale: 1- least effective, 10- most effective

        
Testing to see what sized triangles give the best view/ transparency from the driver's perspective (using steel and transparent tape).

Table comparing the different sized triangles and ranking them against each other.

 

A (Big)

B (medium)

C (small)

Waterproof

9

6

3

Can hold shape

8

6

4

Hard

8

6

4

Visibility

9

5

2

Door fabrication (Ease)

8

5

3

Ease of fabrication 

9

6

3

Weight (given area, 1-lightest, 10- heaviest)

3

6

8

Speed of fabrication

9

7

3

Supply of materials (1- hard to find, 10- easy to find)

3

5

10


                     
White tape                                                                      Black tape                                                                       Transparent tape and steel

Table below showing the results after investigating the effects of using different methods of combining the pieces of acrylic together.


A (white tape)

B (black tape)

C (steel)

Visibility

9

3

6

Ease of fabrication (1- easiest, 10- hardest)

2

2

8

Weight (given area, 1-lightest, 10- heaviest)

1

1

9

Speed of fabrication

3

3

8

Supply of materials (1- hard to find, 10- easy to find)

10

10

7




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