Young designers explore future applications of polycarbonate

At Covestro, we aim to inspire today’s designers as well as students – the next generation of designers – to push the boundaries between aesthetics and materials.

One example is the development of our electric car concept with students from Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden. But, we’re not stopping there! We’re continuing to work with young designers to explore new applications for polycarbonate. We’re excited about these projects, and want to give you a first-hand look at the student design concepts featuring polycarbonate.

Riding on the success of the electric concept car, we challenged Umeå students to investigate the applications of translucent plastics in commercial vehicles including a long-haul truck, city delivery truck, city delivery van, city bus, highway coach and school bus. Material consideration is an early part of the design process and the students brought new, fresh ideas for commercial vehicles. See for yourself by watching the video below.

We also recently collaborated with students at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies in the U.S., to present future possibilities in a shared, autonomous vehicle’s interior designed for four passengers in the year 2030. The students considered polycarbonate’s suitability for interior lighting, with several projects featuring ambient lighting for branding, mood and therapeutic purposes. The designers also featured transparent polycarbonate for glazing applications and presented new ideas for reconfigured seating arrangements. The students pushed boundaries by going beyond the initial challenge to also design flooring, seating and infotainment opportunities for polyurethane, TPU and coatings.
Take a look at the students’ designs in the video below.

By exploring future transportation exterior and interior design, these ongoing initiatives demonstrate Covestro’s efforts to push the boundaries of possibility to help break new ground when it comes to materials and design. By inspiring designers with what’s possible with materials, the results can be nothing short of revolutionary.

For more information, visit plastics.covestro.com or email plastics@covestro.com.

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