Early 3D Technology
Cord Clay Models and Gordon Buehrig’s Styling Bridge

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It’s hard to say just which automotive or designer first used some kind of scale model in the design process, though Harley Earl is credited with popularizing the sculpting of clay models. Once the stylists and clay modelers were done and the designs were approved, in order to create the tooling to shape metal (this was long before the use of polymer composites in car bodies), accurate measurements needed to be taken from the clay models. Cord designer Gordon Buehrig lays claim to inventing the “styling bridge” a u-shaped gantry on wheels that could roll over the models, and from which precise measurements in an XYX three dimensional grid could be taken.

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