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Lexus Creates a Life-Size Origami IS Replica

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Lexus has embarked on a novel venture that celebrates the brand's master craftspeople, or Takumi. The project features a life-size 1:1 replica of the IS sedan, using no less than 1,700 fully recyclable laser-cut cardboard sheets. To ensure that the assembly sequence is correctly executed, each 10mm-thick sheet is assigned a reference number before it's manually put together, using a water-based wood glue that has to set for ten minutes after each application. The entire process took almost three months, starting with a digital 3D model that Lexus provided to LaserCut Works and Scales and Models, both based in London. Last but not least, the IS replica is driveable, thanks to an electric motor installed on the steel and aluminum frame. The origami IS will be on display at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham starting on October 8.

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