At The Car Factory Before Computers [Pic]

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These days, body design prototypes for cars are drawn out with 3-D computer programs. Back in the "50s, they used wood.
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Male 24
Anyone that works with wood all day and still wears a suit to work is respectable, if not just for that.
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Female 1,894
wood rly?
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Male 1,582
And they simulated parts using plaster molding.
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Male 715
well technically that would still be cordless
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Male 1,085
Xmastree_ph, that chap is using a hand crank drill...not electric.
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Male 694
I want that
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Male 43
and the haircut was part of the uniform :)
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Male 416
The chap on the left is using a cordless drill. :)
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Male 15,187
@Molehouse this is not a wooden Morgan chassis and it`s not for sheet metal forming.

@tedgp they`re not mostly made of wood, but you`re right, some of the major structural bits are wooden and yes, they are dangerous to crash. I wouldn`t turn one down though.
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Male 3,285
@molehouse, theyre also one of the unsafest cars in history. Being made mostly out of wood.
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Male 302
Theres a factory in my town where they still do this.

http://www.morgan-motor.co.uk/#

I was lucky enough to work there for a while, and all the chasis/body parts are made by hand.
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Male 835
Middle-aged white guys. Hah.
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Male 25,417
Thats so awesome... wonder what happened to them now...
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Male 1,449
They did the same thing with aircraft as well.
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Male 15,187
I think today they use some kind of CNC milled construction foam for the clay armature, but it`s still similar.
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Male 936
we still make life size clay models of cars today
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Female 6,381
I guess someone`s pointed out this is clay modeling, part of the design process, but notice the black windows on the adjacent car. They`re painted on because it`s a completed clay mock-up.
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Male 11
Oh calculus, you can do anything...
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Female 779
... and all those people past and present got laid off... :(
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Male 1,793
the hiways were filled with spinters...
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Male 715
pretty cool, not as cool as the cars made out of wood though...
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Male 416
@Rick_S: I have a cousin who`s a design engineer at Ford. She tells me that they do the 3D modeling first, now (it effectively substitutes for pencil-and-paper in the past) but, you`re correct, one of the next steps is clay modeling.
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Male 17,512
Rick_S: You are correct, only they use styrofoam underneath, not wood.
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Male 220
You can see them laying the clay on, actually (the two guys by the windshield). The only real difference, as I understand it, is the clay might be sculpted by a CNC machine. That`s about the only real difference.
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Male 3,327
I bet that wood is the sub structure for the clay model. And, I bet they still do something similar today. Full size clay model, that is.
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Female 256
Link: At The Car Factory Before Computers [Pic] [Rate Link] - These days, body design prototypes for cars are drawn out with 3-D computer programs. Back in the `50s, they used wood.
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