The Saab Car Museum Collection in 3D (Part 3/3)
In the first part of this trilogy, Dimitri of Editions Atlas outlined the background surrounding the decision to produce a new series of miniatures, the Saab Cars Museum Collection.
The second part explained to us how the latest technology was used to scan the Saab Cars Top models from the Museum.
In this third and last part we learn how the pre production of the model cars is made.
(…) Here they will compile all of the information and produce a 3D simulation of the mould they will create.
Each part that will be used in the manufacture of the scale model is therefore created in 3D and every effort is made to ensure that the mock-up is assembled with precision and no room for error. This is very important, since once the moulds have been produced it is very difficult to correct them, and once the parts have been injected there is no going back. Indeed, a miniature of this kind can comprise over 50 different parts, not to mention the various pad-printing and painting stages, and some of the decor also has to be created by hand.
This 3D mock-up is then sent to the client, who can still make any necessary modifications in order to ensure that the model is as accurate as possible.
After some further toing and froing, and once the 3D mock-up has been approved, a second 3D mock-up is developed for the purposes of creating the decor.
At this stage, it is important to closely monitor the colours and other painted details, as well as the shades of any inserts and markings on the display plinth.
Once this new 3D mock-up has been approved, a model can actually be produced. This is a sample that is manufactured in exactly the same way as the series production models will be.
This sample is sent by air to be definitively approved. At this stage, it is common for modifications to be requested. It is difficult to change moulds, but colours and decor can still be improved in a number of ways. The 3D image is never a perfect reflection, particularly where the colours are concerned.
A new sample may, if necessary, be produced for the purposes of definitive approval.
In the meantime Atlas prepare a booklet which will be delivered with each issue to explain the model with pictures, specifications and some stories.
Once this entire process is complete, the large-scale production run can begin. This type of model will take around a month to manufacture.
Once the run is complete and ready to be shipped, two ‘shipping sample’ models are sent by air at the same time the container is loaded onto the ship.
The client will therefore know in advance exactly what they can expect to receive.
The journey by ship takes 3 months, which is why it is important to allow at least 6 months to fully develop a model for the collection.
After 12 months of work on this collection, the first model is now launched and a new one will come each month.
Images copyright Editions Atlas/Dimitri Baumgartner