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smart Designs forfour Car

16 Mar, 2004 By: Cadalyst Staff


smart, a DaimlerChrysler subsidiary, designed its first four-seater, the forfour, which will launch this spring.

For the design, the company used Alias StudioTools software and Wacom's Cintiq 18SX Interactive Pen Display.This combination made the design process

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Figure 1. Smart designer uses StudioTools with Wacom's Cintiq 18SX Interactive Pen.
more effective and intuitive, leading to a heightened design, according to smart's designers. Working with the Cintiq Pen directly on the display, designers could quickly create different variations with colors and shapes for the same component to help with the decision-making process.

Using Wacom's pressure-sensitive pen with Alias StudioTools software, users can choose among different pressure-sensitive painting and drawing tools such as a marker, pencil, and airbrush. StudioTools also offers an integrated paint function that can be used with the pen.

The Car
Different parts of the smart fourfor car were designed in detail. Designers were able to bring their own creative imaginations to the sketches in the same way they did when working on a traditional drawing table. For example, using the arm-rest between the front seats can be stowed backwards and turned on its axis for use either as a storage location or as a cup holder.

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Figure 2. smart car designers used Alias StudioTools to design the four-door forfour smart car.

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