Experimental Transportation Design (Caedius)
Caedius All Terrain Relief Vehicle - 2006
The Transportation Design studio at Pratt Institute isn't really about traditional car design, but more about a different way to design for any product. It's best to think of it as R&D through abstract form development. By following an abstract path, removed from the ideas that the designer already has about certain objects, new ideas are more likely to surface. Through an intense combination of model making, painting, and LOTS of drawing, non targeted abstract sculptures can become innovative ideas for different transportation solutions. Weekly presentations were made by each student to clarify the design process and communicate the goal of the project in preparation for the final presentation at the end of the semester.
I also modeled it entirely in Solidworks for easier fabrication of solid parts. I used SLS, FDM, and a 3 axis router to make most of the parts.
Scroll down to see a few models and a small portion of the hundreds of drawings that were done for this project. They show that different ideas can quickly be tested from the basics of the abstract form.