Monash University 2011 Graduate Show – Part 2

Monash University 2011 Graduate Show – Part 2

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


(continues from Part 1)

Mukana Concept by Kirk Dyer

The Mukana Concept by Kirk Dyer is a vehicle created for developing countries, and more specifically Zimbabwe. It is built using local manufacturing and materials and extensively adopting open source methodologies with the goal of  bridging the technological gap between developed and developing countries, and allowing it to compete with mass produced imports.

Mukana Concept - Initial Sketch Mukana Concept - Function Mukana Concept - Concept Art

The open source nature of the vehicle allows owners to customize it to their own needs whilst taking advantage of local materials and skills. The vehicle can be transformed into a safari car, a truck or a log hauler truck.

Mukana Concept - model making leather Mukana Concept - Material Break Down Mukana Concept - Final Model Details

The concept is powered by a Stirling engine, which allows it to run on practically any fuel. The unit acts like a generator in a Chevy Volt-like electric drivetrain.  The design is inspired by the rhino – a native animal that carries over the metaphors of power, authority and strength as a symbol of empowerment.

Mukana Concept - scale model Mukana Concept - scale modelMukana Concept - scale model

Escape by Robbie McIntosh

Escape is a study of a modern airship that uses inert (non-combustible) helium gas contained within an internal balloon/envelope along with leg mounted vectoring fans to achieve lift.

Escape Concept - design evolution Escape Concept - design panel Escape Concept - technical illustration

The vehicle offers a “complete travel experience”, thanks to its ability of transforming from a flying aircraft into a ground based walker vehicle.

Escape Concept - sketch development Escape Concept - tape drawing Escape Concept - interior design

Escape includes a “quadruped robotic walking system” operating mode whch allows it to move on every kind of terrain.

Escape Concept - rendering Escape Concept - scale model Escape Concept - scale model

Helium is pumped from an on-board storage tank into the envelope during flight mode then recaptured and stored when grounded. The goal is is to reduce the overall vehicle size when grounded making.

Road Hog Concept by Jason Turner

The Road Hog is an electric powered micro car concept that aims at encouraging muscle car enthusiasts to down size and drive smarter vehicles, without sacrificing the things they are familiar with and love about muscle cars. The design is based around a micro package with a total length under 3,000mm.

Road Hog Concept Road Hog Concept design panel Road Hog Concept design panel

The main design inspiration and themes include, aggressiveness, power and high performance, stance, animal like qualities, exposed functional elements and working components which create unique visual features throughout the design.

Road Hog Concept Road Hog Concept clay model Road Hog Concept clay model

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

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  1. MColeman
    27/1/2012

    Nice designs, but my favorite would have to be the Mukana Concept.

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