Automotive Interior Cost & Weight Reduction Research
The customer engaged with DISHER to identify new materials and applications to lower both the cost by and the weight of interior automotive components by 40%.
DISHER Researchers employed primary research methodology including surveys, interviews, and three Whiteboard Workshops to gather cross-industry and multi-disciplinary insights, material ideas, and advanced manufacturing process ideas. Secondary research included benchmarking every vehicle at NAIAS and looking at a spectrum of outside industries to discover materials, trends, and designs that could apply to interior automotive applications. A wide variety of innovative and emerging materials and their applications were researched and evaluated for their cost and weight-reduction properties.
Industrial Designers created 24 full-system concept playbooks and 13 individual component concept playbooks inspired by the materials and mechanism research collected to reduce cost and weight inside vehicles. Every component and system concept was ranked and plotted on a matrix to see how close they came to the 40% reduction goal in relationship to cost and weight.