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CAD Takes Role in Making 'Cars' Characters Real (Cadalyst Daily Archive)

26 Oct, 2006 By: Brett Duesing

Custom car designer Eddie Paul uses Rhinoceros software to help create real-life, drivable vehicles based on 2D animations


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Eddie Paul is known in Hollywood for creating unique automobiles that take leading roles. The high-flying General Lee in The Dukes of Hazzard, the American classics in Grease and the modern-day street racers in The Fast and the Furious are just a few of Paul's well-known creations. The Southern California inventor and auto-customization wizard's latest project was transforming a Pontiac Trans Am and a 2002 Porsche 911 to resemble the automotive characters Lightning McQueen and Sally Carrera from the summer Pixar animated release, Cars.p>

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Custom car designer Eddie Paul and his real-life version of Sally Carrera.
"Studios give us impossible jobs and very little time to do them," says Paul, president of Customs By Eddie Paul, a division of El Segundo-based E.P. Industries. Paul and his talented crew of fabricators produced real-world versions of the two stars, along with the sidekick tow truck character called Mater, each within a month's time. The cars were displayed at various automotive events across the country to promote the movie's summer debut.

The task of converting 2D cartoon cars into full-size, drivable 3D cars is what led Paul's team to discover Rhino software.  Read more >>

 

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