The Dashboard recently took a visit in Japan at Nissan's Technical Center located in Atsugi.

The Dashboard recently took a visit in Japan at Nissan's Technical Center located in Atsugi.

For several decades carmakers have been using clay while nowadays engineers and designers work with computer renderings in combination with hand-sculpted clay models to figure out how a car would look like in real life. The body panels are created using specially formulated clay kept warm in an oven and then the clay is coated in a thin plastic firm to add body color.

These clay full-scale models are usually scrapped after the companies don't need them anymore. It's interesting to see how 3D printers will influence these early stages of car design.

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