The Art of Clay Modeling

Ever wonder exactly how full-size clay models are made for car companies?

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We came across this great video from the Nissan Technical Center in Japan for a look at what exactly the process entails. From the designer’s sketches to a full model, the process can take years.

Side-by-side with digital models, the clay models are created by hand, one small piece at a time. Clay is kept in a warming over to keep it soft and the designers work fast before it can harden. The process of scraping away excess, applying plastic overcoats and perfecting the shape can take hundreds of hours for each designer.

Unfortunately after the product is finished, they often get smashed or burned to save space. Sadly, these projects only life short lives and are soon after dismantled. The designers prefer not to watch this process, and we can understand why!

We encourage you to watch this video to better understand the true art of car clay modeling. Check out our inventory page for the latest Nissan cars.