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From clay to a motorcycle…

From clay to a motorcycle…

I remember playing with clay back in the days, in visual art class. I remember trying to make a vase… it sure was not easy. I never imagined that there was a much deeper use for clay, one that would still widely be used 25 years later. I am talking of course about the subtle art of designing vehicles with clay.

Designing bodywork for a specific vehicle is delicate and precise work. It requires a lot of experience and know how. Given how impactful every tiniest detail is, it is essential to use the most accurate tools possible and, for most designers, these tools are… their hands!

Take the example of Nick Graveley, a senior designer at claymoto. When working on a new project, he usually starts with existing components such as the frame or even the entire motorcycle. That is one of the first step where 3D scanning comes in handy and where Nick will use his peel 3d scanner. An accurate scan of the existing bike will be quite helpful later in the design process when designing the actual body parts. Peel 3d also provides all the necessary tools to convert his 3D scan into an accurate and reliable CAD model.

After a few hand drawn sketches, Nick starts to work with clay and puts all his skills to work shaping and designing what will be the perfect shape for the bike. After all, the body is most of what you see when looking at a bike, it is worth putting in the extra efforts.

Once the shape is perfect, Nick can put his peel 3d scanner to work again and digitize the shape he has just designed. 3D scanning really is the best way to bring your exact design into CAD and use it to design body parts. As soon as the scan is complete, the project of designing the actual parts can start and since everything has been modeled so accurately, the designer can be in great confidence that everything will fit the first time. Click the photo below to see Nick’s project in details.

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Like father, like son. Comparing siblings in 3D!

Like father, like son. Comparing siblings in 3D!

As a parent, one of the most common things you are likely to hear is: “Oh my, he (or she) looks just like you!”. And that is no mystery, our children are an extension of us, they bear the same genes; the resemblance is therefore not a coincidence at all. But, besides the visual similarities, did you ever wonder how closely related are you with siblings? We tried to answer this question with this little experiment we did.

Our subjects (we will call them son 1 and son 2) are aged 26 and 30 respectively; they both share the same parents. Using a peel 2 scanner, we started by scanning their faces. The process was pretty straight forward, point and shoot, the scan was completed within seconds.

Right off the bat, it is pretty obvious there two are related as they do bear a resemblance. To take our experiment further, we aligned the two faces in peel 3d software using best fit alignment. This method tends to minimize the distance at any point between the two scans and gets them as close as possible to each other. We can then proceed to a colormap between the two subjects:

The comparison showed son 1 has a more prominent eyebrow and slightly elongated nose while having a somewhat narrower face. The rest of their faces is actually quite similar (within 2mm).

Of course, this project was done for fun, but the results are actually quite interesting as they now allow us to quantify the resemblance very accurately between two individuals. Should you be interested to hear more about this experiment, you can view a video we made about it here. We took things a little further, adding the girlfriends in the mix! Enjoy!


How to reuse your targets while improving your scanner!

How to reuse your targets while improving your scanner!

Whether we like it or not, as of now, the targets are the most efficient means of achieving the full accuracy of a handheld scanner and provide sufficient information to make sure the scanner will track the object from any position. There are really smart ways to use them, especially with a peel 3d scanner, but did you know that it is possible to make them reusable?