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3-D Scanning Used to Craft the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Car

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Elmiraj concept car

Elmiraj concept car

The future of design in just about every walk of life may be 3-D printing and scanning.  It provides a cost-effective means of generating images and designs that can then be printed in a machine not much bigger than a microwave.  Cadillac utilized this very same technology when crafting its revolutionary Elmiraj concept car.

“With the Elmiraj, we were able to use 3-D scanning as the bridge between traditional hand-sculpting teams who work in clay and digital modeling design teams who work in math,” said Frank Saucedo, director of General Motors’ North Hollywood Advanced Design Studio, in a press release. “Our ability to scan the clay model with speed and precision and go from the digital tools to the hands of a craftsman and vice versa was extremely valuable.”

GM has used 3-D scanning since 2001, but the Cadillac Elmiraj concept car takes it to a whole new level.  By using project light parent and an advanced camera, Cadillac designers are able to input their designs directly into digital modeling programs, which allow them to access and manipulate their models more easily and efficiently.

Have you ever used 3-D scanning or printing like designers of the Cadillac Elmiraj concept do?  Share your story with us in comments below!