Carbon Fiber Cars: Neri Oxman On the Vehicle Of The Future
While the material is more expensive than steel, each vehicle requires less of it which brings down manufacturing costs substantially. Not only that, but the company has employed eco-friendly power sources in the construction process, incorporated recycled materials in the car itself, and, since it's electric, it cuts down on carbon emissions. Buyers also get a federal tax credit for buying one, and the company is offering some of the models in a car-sharing program. (Check out Kent Larson's work for a more in-depth analysis of the benefits of mobility-sharing strategies in congested cities).
This new method of fabrication has other benefits, as well. Computers and high-tech machines allow manufacturers to create lighter and thinner surfaces, Oxman explains. This makes for longer-lasting products that are capable of supporting more weight. Overall, the implementation of new design practices such as these points to a more efficient, effective, and eco-friendly manufacturing process, she concludes. In all of her work, Oxman looks to nature to inspire new design technologies. In her work at MIT's Mediated Matter Lab she is experimenting with 3D printing and the use of unconventional fabrication methods to create products that work with nature, instead of against it. She constantly looks towards the future—and cars designed from textiles are no exception.
In her talks, Oxman shares her fascinating work in the eco-activism space. Combining nature and technology, she shows audiences how to rethink design to solve the social and ecological problems we deal with every day. To book Neri Oxman as a speaker, contact The Lavin Agency Speakers Bureau.