ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons was thrilled to receive a car model of his ’33 Ford three-window coupe. The coupe was beautifully customized by the famous So-Cal Speed Shop. The jagged accent line is currently painted on the car, but the So-Cal designers planned on making a 3D piece from the scan of the rock legend’s ’33 Ford Coupe.
API project engineer Robb Rudluff stepped in and scanned the coupe. Robb used the API IMAGER Scanner and Radian Laser Tracker to scan the vehicle. “The IMAGER working with the Radian made scanning the car a quick and easy process,” Rudluff said. “For custom autos, it can be a handy reverse engineering solution that can help pros and hobbyists easily mock up parts.” The data collected by the IMAGER was processed though3D Systems software to create a CAD file that showed the curvature of the car and the exact shape of the trim design. The CAD file will allow for easy fabrication of the 3D trim piece.
Gibbons was surprised with the 3D scan of the car and the car model at the newly opened SEMA Garage – Industry Innovations Center in Southern California. When the car is complete, it will be on display at the 2014 SEMA Show, taking place from November 4-7 in Las Vegas. API Services will also be exhibiting at the SEMA show.
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