Twenty-seven years into the business, automaker Lexus company stays strong in the car manufacturing game. Just recently, the company rakes in headlines again for its newest release—a cardboard version of its IS sedan.
Called the Origami Car, this new vehicle is fully functional and can be driven, even though it was made by putting cardboard pieces together on a steel and aluminum frame. It is powered by an electric motor and is complete with functioning doors, headlights, and wheels, and elegant interiors.
The Origami Car is Lexus’s way to pay homage to their employees, collectively known as the takumis, who work on their production lines. These people use their nondominant hand to make origami cat as a way of honing their craftsmanship.
The company said in a statement, “The Origami Car takes the spirit of this talent to a far higher level, while also embracing the spirit of Lexus’s Creating Amazing global brand campaign.”
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Using the 3-D model of IS sedan, London-based companies Laser Cut Works and Scales and Models created the cardboard car using the concepts of the paper folding art. The 3-D model was divided into parts, then were digitally rendered in 10 mm slices. One thousand and seven hundred sheets of these 10 mm slices were then laser-cut, with each layer given different number so they could assemble the pieces easily.
Using a water glue, the makers assembled the whole car. Everything was done without the use of any machine, it was all completed by hand.
Scales and Models founder, Ruben Marcos, said, “This was a very demanding job. Five people were involved in the initial design, modelling, laser cutting, and assembly. Just like Lexus, we were committed to producing the best possible quality.”