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Royal College of Art Vehicle Design Show 2007


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Chanwie Park – Korea


"Many old techniques have disappeared since the car industry was modernised by new technologies, such as mass production by
automation. Thanks to modern processes, car manufacturers have enjoyed economic benefits as well as technological advances.
At the same time, they have lost many of the values of design. Crucially, the usefulness of old technologies overtaken by new advanced technologies has been, to some extent, ignored. Yet traditional technology stimulated car makers and helped them to develop more advanced skills.
To build a traditional car surface, many carmakers made a wooden template (buck) and built up the vehicle surface on the wooden buck. Through this process, they found a new solution to creating the surface and thus facilitated new styling. Thanks to surfacing technology using wooden bucks they were able to build unique and beautiful shapes, as we can see in many 1930s cars. However, due to technological limitations they could not control a more refined surface. As old technologies developed modern digital solutions, modern car shapes were redefined by these new means.
What would happen if the car industry used old technologies with wooden bucks in order to build unique shapes? Could they refine
their car surfaces using wooden templates and then apply craftsmanship through digital tools? If these technologies were combined with each other, we might obtain both the car which reflects many aspects of individual craftsmanship with many materials on the
surface and a car which has a digitally refined and detailed surface.
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