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2D computer line drawing

2D design, 3D angles

3D body frame

3D design on a rotating axis

Light and shadow

Finished paint job

Wire frame rendering

Fully rendered image

Exploring colors

Car colors

Airflow model

Interior of virtual car

Ford robots carve clay

DEARBORN, Mich.--At the Forward with Ford conference at Ford Motor's headquarters here last week, the automaker's designers showed off the Hollywood-worthy design tools they use to create cars inside and out before they're actually built in concept form. These screenshots reveal the tools in action.

In the earliest stages of design, a line drawing of a car to be takes shape on a computer screen as it would on any drawing pad.

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3D body frame

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Finished paint job

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Exploring colors

Car colors

Airflow model

Interior of virtual car

Ford robots carve clay

A 2D computer line drawing of a Ford concept car can be rotated and examined on any axis in a 3D environment.
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Exploring colors

Car colors

Airflow model

Interior of virtual car

Ford robots carve clay

Once the 2D image of a Ford concept car is developed, software can flesh the frame into a rough 3D image.
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2D design, 3D angles

3D body frame

3D design on a rotating axis

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Fully rendered image

Exploring colors

Car colors

Airflow model

Interior of virtual car

Ford robots carve clay

Once in its 3D frame, a concept car design can be rotated and examined on an axis.
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Exploring colors

Car colors

Airflow model

Interior of virtual car

Ford robots carve clay

A 3D concept car design is rendered with light and shadow effects to examine how paint might interact with the environment.
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Fully rendered image

Exploring colors

Car colors

Airflow model

Interior of virtual car

Ford robots carve clay

Once a Ford concept car is rendered in 3D with light and shadow, designers can examine how reflections will play off paint colors.
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Exploring colors

Car colors

Airflow model

Interior of virtual car

Ford robots carve clay

Just as Pixar might render Lightening McQueen as a highly detailed 3D wire frame model, Ford draws its concept cars in a network of thousands of geometric shapes.
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Airflow model

Interior of virtual car

Ford robots carve clay

Once through the design steps, Ford engineers render a complete 3D computer image of a concept car within an artificial environment.
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Car colors

Airflow model

Interior of virtual car

Ford robots carve clay

To create new automobile colors in shades calculated to appeal to a global audience, Ford artists and designers explore hues around the world.
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2D design, 3D angles

3D body frame

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Fully rendered image

Exploring colors

Car colors

Airflow model

Interior of virtual car

Ford robots carve clay

With rendering tools, Ford designers can explore how car colors play on different vehicles in different environments and at different times of day.
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2D design, 3D angles

3D body frame

3D design on a rotating axis

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Fully rendered image

Exploring colors

Car colors

Airflow model

Interior of virtual car

Ford robots carve clay

Once an automobile exists in a virtual world, Ford designers can examine how airflow and other real-world effects will play out in the car.
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2D design, 3D angles

3D body frame

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Fully rendered image

Exploring colors

Car colors

Airflow model

Interior of virtual car

Ford robots carve clay

Ford designers can lay out and render a highly detailed simulation of a concept car's interior.
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2D design, 3D angles

3D body frame

3D design on a rotating axis

Light and shadow

Finished paint job

Wire frame rendering

Fully rendered image

Exploring colors

Car colors

Airflow model

Interior of virtual car

Ford robots carve clay

Once a concept car is fully designed and tested in a virtual world, Ford engineers feed the data into robotic carvers that produce a life-size model out of clay.
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