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Watch - Lexus Builds Drivable Cardboard IS

So-called Origami Car is a life-size replica made with 10 mm-thick pieces of cardboard covering virtually every part of the body.

Kelly Pleskot
Oct 5, 2015

It may be built from cardboard, but the Lexus Origami Car can actually be driven on the road. In a new video, Lexus explains how it made a functional vehicle from 1,700 sheets of recycled cardboard.

The Lexus Origami Car is a life-size replica of the IS sedan made with 10 mm-thick pieces of cardboard covering virtually every part of the body. All Lexus had to do was take a digital 3D model of the IS, divide it into a number of sections, and produce an exact copy in cardboard via laser cutting. A water-based wood glue holds the parts together, and requires 10 minutes to set after each application. Because no changes can be made once the glue has dried, there was little room for error among the five designers building the vehicle.

After just three months, the Lexus Origami Car was ready for its debut. In the video, we see the Origami Car out for a spin around town at slow speeds. We don't know exactly what is under the "sheetmetal" of the car, although we do know it has some type of electric motor as well as a basic steel and aluminum frame.

Check out the video below for a closer look at the cardboard vehicle.

Source: Lexus U.K.

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