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December 5, 2013

3-D Scanning Merges Art and Science of Car Design in Cadillac Elmiraj

Structured-light 3-D scanning helped create a “work of art” in the Cadillac Elmiraj concept car

Structured-light 3-D scanning, an advanced measuring technology often used for fine art restoration and reproduction, helped create a “work of art” in the Cadillac Elmiraj concept car – a modern update of a classic two-door grand coupe that appeared last week at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

3-D scanning uses projected light patterns and an advanced camera to capture three-dimensional shapes and translate them into math data that can be manipulated in digital modeling programs. General Motors has used 3-D scanning since 2001, but it’s always been clay interior and exterior properties rather than drivable concept cars. The Cadillac Elmiraj is an exception.

As shown in the video above, developers of Elmiraj extensively used the digital mapping technology. Check it out to see how the Cadillac Elmiraj served as a tremendous opportunity for extending GM’s use of 3-D scanning.

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