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Mercedes-Benz Design Kreation Fahrzeugentwicklung Automobil-Design Tonmodell Clay Claymodell SLS AMG Black Series

Shaping up.

How the SLS AMG Black Series 1:1 model took shape.

Mercedes-Benz Design Kreation Fahrzeugentwicklung Automobil-Design Tonmodell Clay Claymodell SLS AMG Black Series

Milled, planed and drilled
into shape.

New automobiles are formed from a soft and malleable material at the design centre. The design process for new automobiles breaks down into individual phases at Mercedes-Benz – one of the most important being the clay modelling stage. In clay, the designers' sketches and the engineers' specifications take on visible form for the first time. The modeller adroitly applies the material to the base model. Metal plates and planes are then used to work the modelling clay in an elaborate process until the proportions and contours emerge. The clay model renders design shapes visible for the first time. As such, clay models form an indispensable part of the design process. For the new SLS AMG Coupé Black Series, too, it is the clay models which bring the initial design sketches to life.

Mercedes-Benz Design Kreation Fahrzeugentwicklung Automobil-Design Tonmodell Clay Claymodell SLS AMG Black Series video

Manual work turns 3D sketches into reality: the evolution of a clay model.

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SLS AMG Black Series – Clay modeling time lapse

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