Clay modelers continue to mold future of auto design

April 20, 2015 5:01 AM

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In an era of computer-aided design and 3-D printing, one traditional craft remains in automakers' design studios: full-size clay models.

For 80 years, clay modelers have used their hands and tools to make real the two-dimensional car designs sketched on paper. Clay is extremely malleable. It allows modelers to fair a line here, to tuck a curve there, until the body design is perfected.

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