Nir Siegel, an automotive design student at the Royal College of Art, has taken the prize for Best Design Interpretation for his concept, ‘Genesis’, a self-assembling 3D-printed car.
Starting out as an ‘enclosed monolith’, Genesis is envisioned as a robotic 3D printer that is capable of printing a car in and around itself. Once purchased, delivered and set up within a customer’s home, Genesis enables the user to custom-build a vehicle according to his own individual specifications.
The idea behind the design is to evolve products and services, based on customer needs, thereby avoiding obsolescence.
Ian Slattery, collaborating with textiles graduate Moira Mcaulay on ‘The Vitreo’, scooped the award for Best Use of Glazing. The Vitreo project questions what our urban future might be and what design would be desirable in such a context. The duo devised new materials, and understandings of what car interiors and exteriors are.
The expert judging panel included Pilkington parent, NSG Group, and Jaguar Landrover. One of the judges, Mike Greenall, director of automotive R&D programmes at NSG Group said, “The increased pressure to produce economical, environmentally-friendly designs has led students to identify innovative glazing and innovative design that are set to shape the future of the automotive industry.”
A RCA partner for over 26 years, the Pilkington Automotive Awards have become a key source of discovering new design talent for the transportation industry.
Professor Dale Harrow, head of Vehicle Design and Dean of the School of Design at the RCA said: “Potential employers look to these awards to find fresh talent in the industry.”
Source: Royal College of Art