If you’re into cars, you already know new generation cars come after years of development – also because the process of designing the vehicle is quite laborious and strenuous.
Ford has decided that a process that few outside the automotive industry actually fully appreciate deserves to fully step into the XXI century – with modern technology coming to aid the traditional clay modeling process. The latter isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, because 3D modeling still doesn’t deliver the true image we see when confronted with the actual scale model. But the hands-on tool is being assisted by a technique that has the potential to speed up the process – virtual reality, courtesy of Microsoft.
The tech giant’s HoloLens allows professionals to virtually overlay design shapes and elements onto existing clay models or actual cars, so the changes can be viewed in in full-size in a real environment, and the designer then decides if they are needed or not. With the help of a fancy pair of goggles, designers and engineers can visualize and experiment with design modifications in minutes – contrary to the usual technique of remodeling the clay figure. The HoloLens is wireless and its own processors allows the tracking of environment and movements, so the wearer can do a virtual vehicle walk-around. “We may not be able to teleport yet, but HoloLens allows us to review full-size 3D designs with designers and engineers around the world in real time,” said Craig Wetzel, Ford’s manager for design technical operations. “And we’ve only just scratched the surface, so possibilities for the future seem almost limitless. This is very exciting.”