“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” said Napolean Hill, author of many success books in the 20th century like his best known, “Think and Grow Rich.” I’ve always liked that quote, and, though he wasn’t referring to computer technology, which didn’t exist at that time, were he alive today to see it, he might be writing about it now.
When I mentioned rapid prototypes the other day, a subject I find fascinating, it got me thinking about where it might apply and the many uses it could have. It doesn’t take long to build a rather substantial list but just so I don’t stray too far from motorcycles, let’s think about concept bikes.
How are concept bikes built these day? First, the thought begins to take shape in someone’s mind. Then perhaps there’s a sketch to get a general idea of shapes and patterns, but very soon, those thoughts move into a computer graphics program. Wireframe models are built, surfaces, textures and colors are added and finally, the image of the bike is complete. Transforming that image to solid 3D object is where the physical work begins, but suppose you have access to the necessary rapid prototype equipment. The information is already in the computer, just start printing out your motorcycle, piece by piece.
These images are from a computer graphics site and this particular bike, DACOIT, looks very, very cool. (By the way, is there a resemblance here to the Vision, or is it just me?) You can see some of the wireframe basics on which it was built and the final images from many angles. How long before all of the design studios have rapid prototype printers at their disposal. The biggest automotive firms already have them and there are other companies who will make prototypes from your computer input.
From mind to machine, absolutely amazing stuff. Computer graphics have become so incredible and being able to produce solid objects directly from the computer, … If anyone isn’t amazed by all of this, you simply aren’t paying attention.
related: Tim Cameron