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Date: 02/04/12 03:06 PM

27 Responses to At The Car Factory Before Computers [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of 3MM@
    3MM@ Female 13-17
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    February 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm
    Link: At The Car Factory Before Computers - 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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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    February 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm
    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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    tnaran Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm
    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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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    February 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm
    Rick_S: You are correct, only they use styrofoam underneath, not wood.
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    simbha Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm
    @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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    smaus Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm
    pretty cool, not as cool as the cars made out of wood though...
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    mervviscious Male 40-49
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    February 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm
    the hiways were filled with spinters...
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    jadedtortois Female 18-29
    779 posts
    February 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm
    ... and all those people past and present got laid off... :(
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    Mdhoffman81 Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm
    Oh calculus, you can do anything...
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    February 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm
    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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    skullgrin Male 18-29
    937 posts
    February 4, 2012 at 6:53 pm
    we still make life size clay models of cars today
  12. Profile photo of Draculya
    Draculya Male 40-49
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    February 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm
    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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    Viking864 Male 40-49
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    February 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm
    They did the same thing with aircraft as well.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm
    Thats so awesome... wonder what happened to them now...
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    February 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm
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    clockwork208 Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm
    Middle-aged white guys. Hah.
  17. Profile photo of Molehouse
    Molehouse Male 13-17
    303 posts
    February 5, 2012 at 2:55 am
    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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    tedgp Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2012 at 3:20 am
    @molehouse, theyre also one of the unsafest cars in history. Being made mostly out of wood.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14544 posts
    February 5, 2012 at 5:07 am
    @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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    xmastree_ph Male 40-49
    416 posts
    February 5, 2012 at 5:44 am
    The chap on the left is using a cordless drill. :)
  21. Profile photo of LENARiT
    LENARiT Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2012 at 7:24 am
    and the haircut was part of the uniform :)
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    GasMaskKid Male 18-29
    694 posts
    February 5, 2012 at 7:35 am
    I want that
  23. Profile photo of AtomicSkier9
    AtomicSkier9 Male 18-29
    1085 posts
    February 5, 2012 at 9:13 am
    Xmastree_ph, that chap is using a hand crank drill...not electric.
  24. Profile photo of smaus
    smaus Male 30-39
    715 posts
    February 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm
    well technically that would still be cordless
  25. Profile photo of Justin9235
    Justin9235 Male 18-29
    1582 posts
    February 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm
    And they simulated parts using plaster molding.
  26. Profile photo of MountainBord
    MountainBord Female 18-29
    1894 posts
    February 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm
    wood rly?
  27. Profile photo of Reverend121
    Reverend121 Male 18-29
    24 posts
    February 6, 2012 at 8:01 pm
    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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