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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Clays more dimensional, but endangered

Before the advent of computer technology in 3D or virtual reality headset, automotive manufacturers always make prototypes of new cars using clays. Supposedly, after the two technologies rose, the clays is no longer used.

But they are not. As quoted from Fast Code Design on Monday, May 25, 2015, using the ancient art of clay which is spent many months in order to form a new car body is still preserved.
Using the ancient art of clay that spent many months in order to form a new car body, still maintained by automotive manufacturers. (Picture form: http://bit.ly/1Hvqi3d)
Why did it happen? According to Joe Dehner, head of exterior design of the Dodge & Ram Truck, this was due to several things. "One is because it can not effectively evaluate the performance," he said.

Something similar is said by Chris Svensson, director of Ford's North American design. "Digital Projection can not accurately show how the light would play on the surface of the car. You can not mimic the sun," he said.
3D design technology indeed reduce the amount of clay in the production of a new car. (Picture form: http://bit.ly/1Hvqi3d)
Nevertheless, 3D design technology indeed have reduced the amount of use of clay. One European manufacturer, for example, has saved 70 percent clay as building new models with digital workflows.

Thus, although clay is still used in the production of a new car, it remains an endangered process, though not in the near future. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | FAST COMPANY]
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