Monash University 2011 Graduate Show – Part 1

Monash University 2011 Graduate Show – Part 1

An exclusive report from the Melbourne-based Monash University 2011 degree show with the final projects of the Industrial Design undergraduate students. Part 1 of 2.


Monash University 2011 Industrial Design Graduate ShowGraduating students from the Industrial Design undergraduate program at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia recently presented their graduate work at the annual degree show.

The transport design related projects represented a broad range of topics such as energy efficient personal mobility, sustainable materials and manufacturing, extreme weather mitigation and open source production.

The projects reflect a strong emphasis on user interaction, systems innovation and production integrity.

For more information on the Industrial Design course at Monash University visit www.artdes.monash.edu.au.

Dubai 2030 Amphibious Vehicle: Amphi-X by Beichen Nan

The Amphi-X is a study of a futuristic amphibious vehicle which can travel both on water and on land thanks to the Mecanum omni-directional wheels.

Amphi-X Dubai 2030 Amphibious Vehicle by Beichen Nan - design sketch Amphi-X Dubai 2030 Amphibious Vehicle by Beichen Nan - design sketch Amphi-X Dubai 2030 Amphibious Vehicle by Beichen Nan - design sketch

The vehicle is designed for a future where the in metropolitan areas the rivers or waterways are used as an alternative solution to reduce traffic on the conventional roads.

Amphi-X Dubai 2030 Amphibious Vehicle by Beichen Nan - design panel Amphi-X Dubai 2030 Amphibious Vehicle by Beichen Nan - design panel Amphi-X Dubai 2030 Amphibious Vehicle by Beichen Nan - rendering

“In the design scenario for this project, many countries have started to expand out man-made islands or lands in order to make the extra space needed for increasing populations.”

Amphi-X Dubai 2030 Amphibious Vehicle by Beichen Nan - scale model Amphi-X Dubai 2030 Amphibious Vehicle by Beichen Nan - scale model Amphi-X Dubai 2030 Amphibious Vehicle by Beichen Nan - scale model

“Precedents for these man-made lands can be seen in Hong Kong and Kansai Airports, Palm Islands and the World Islands in Dubai, which are all artificial lands made for residential purposes.”

For all these purposes, the decision was made to design an amphibious vehicle, which is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also practical and entertaining.

XO Concept by Ali (Jeff) Jafari

The XO Concept by Ali (Jeff) Jafari is a 2+2 subcompact citycar that can expand its physical form on demand, in order to accommodate for different passenger scenarios or provide extra storage space, thus catering for different needs in real-time.

GM XO Concept by Ali (Jeff) Jafari GM XO Concept by Ali (Jeff) Jafari GM XO Concept by Ali (Jeff) Jafari

Exterior features utilize a fabric outer skin to allow a flexible expansion which also reduces the overall weight by eliminating pressed sheet metal components. Similar fabrics are used to create pneumatic interior elements that adapt to the vehicle’s exterior conversions and the occupants’ needs as the vehicle expands in a sliding motion.

GM XO Concept by Ali (Jeff) Jafari GM XO Concept by Ali (Jeff) Jafari GM XO Concept by Ali (Jeff) Jafari

The drive is autonomous and the mechanical steering wheel and its physical frontal linkages have been completely removed. An optional manual drive is available for the digital-drive architecture via handheld wired or wireless devices.

 

GM XO Concept by Ali (Jeff) Jafari - scale model GM XO Concept by Ali (Jeff) Jafari - scale model

The windshield is used for 3D projection of the infotainment during autonomous drive and contains critical elements from the current generation of IP and front clusters. The propulsion is achieved via in-wheel electric motors mounted on the side of the omnidirectional wheels.

The elimination of the ICE, steering wheel, front console and standard wheels maximizes interior space; and in contracted mode, creates one of the smallest overall footprints among twin-seater competitors while having the extra advantage of carrying up to four occupants or two plus 1190  litres of cargo in the expanded mode.

ZETRA EWV (Extreme Weather Vehicle) Concept by Adis Sabic

The Extreme Weather Vehicle project was sparked from the recent and ongoing events of natural disaster said to be a consequence of climate change.

ZETRA Extreme Weather Vehicle Concept by Adis Sabic design sketches ZETRA Extreme Weather Vehicle Concept by Adis Sabic design panel ZETRA Extreme Weather Vehicle Concept by Adis Sabic design panel

In the project’s design scenario, the year is 2030 and there are monthly severe weather events causing damage to vehicles, architecture and seriously injuring people.

ZETRA Extreme Weather Vehicle Concept by Adis Sabic design panel ZETRA Extreme Weather Vehicle Concept by Adis Sabic design panel ZETRA Extreme Weather Vehicle Concept by Adis Sabic

The effects of climate change are becoming apparent in Australia; in 2010 massive storms hit Melbourne CBD causing immense hail and floodwater damage, in February 2011 catastrophic flooding hit Brisbane. It is predicted that once every 2-3 years a massive natural disaster will occur.

ZETRA Extreme Weather Vehicle Concept by Adis Sabic scale model ZETRA Extreme Weather Vehicle Concept by Adis Sabic scale model ZETRA Extreme Weather Vehicle Concept by Adis Sabic scale model

The extremities of Mother Nature will become increasingly apparent as time passes and the greenhouse effect continues to worsen. When damaging weather events are so common the people need an alternative solution to a privately owned self-protected form of transportation.

The ZETRA is a vehicle that can effectively commute in all extreme weather scenarios, taking extra care of user safety and comfort. This vehicle will absorb impacts, from cricket ball sized hail stones to a flying sign post. Regardless of the impact on the exterior of this vehicle, the inner capsule will be safe from harm through an absorbing “gel composite” layer.

Rocker Concept by James Roberton

The Rocker embraces the ideas and themes underpinning the culture of the Rocker and Café Racer scenes of the fifties and sixties. It has been designed to be affordable and attractive to young riders and complies with the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS).

Rocker Concept by James Roberton - design sketch Rocker Concept by James Roberton Rocker Concept by James Roberton - design process

It draws maximum potential from low powered single cylinder engine and utilises the benefits of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) to print many of the components together as one.

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