Overview of Clay Models

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Modern Classic - Steve Harper Interview

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Modelling the Design for the Ford Escort RS Cosworth - 1989

From the late 1940’s when modelling clay was first used in the Styling Studios, it has since become the primary method of evaluating the 3D forms and surfaces of any new design.

Even since the advent of CAD design systems, the full size clay models are still the best way to visualise the ideas and concepts of the designer, and allow the designer the freedom to modify form and line at will.

Today’s clay models are created either by hand by skilled sculptors, working under the instruction of the project designer, or as 3 or 5 axis milled models from the designers CAD database.

Being a reiterative process, the designer can swiftly modify the shapes which may have not translated so well from screen to reality. Then using digital scanning equipment, these changes can be accurately brought back into the system, to update the CAD database.

Once completed the clay model can be ‘dressed’ to represent a finished vehicle, using a variety of processes, ready to be shown to the Client.

One of those processes is Di-Noc, a plasticised film which can be painted is used to represent the finished surfaces. Unlike just painting the final model, this technique allows for the film to be easily removed and the design developed further if required.

Using the best industry clay modellers, over the years we have produced a wide range of design models, for companies from as far apart as Brasil to Indonesia, and for many much closer to home.