Automotive manufacturers have been using clay to mold and build prototype vehicles since back in the dark ages (well maybe not that long but I couldn’t think of a better analogy). Even today clay is being used to produce life-size models that the design teams can see, look and touch. It is amazing that even in this digital age of 3D models and computer aided design techniques we still use this “Old School” tech to design vehicles.
The Ford exterior design team used clay to assist in final production of the 2015 Mustang. In this video you will hear from some of the Ford design team talking about how simple tools such as tape and clay played such a huge role in designing the new 2015 Mustang. You will also get a good look at the S550 Mustang clay model with the black tape lines on it. These tape lines definitely highlight the sharp edges of the new Stang!
Ford says they use about 155 miles of tape per year for the process. The oil-based clay also allows for paint, and metal finishes to be applied to the model once the shape is finalized, giving a final finished appearance to the project. The clay model sculpture, and the tape refinement process is done for every Ford design.Don Creason Video: How Tape And Clay Played A Role In Designing The 2015 Mustang