Car design in three dimensions

Glasgow’s Urban Learning Space (ULS) has signed a deal with Ferrari stylists Ital Design to develop advanced 3D visualisation technology for the car industry.

The ULS is part of a consortium chosen to develop the technology in partnership with the Italian design agency which also styles products for Indesit, Samsung and Maserati.

Based in the Lighthouse in Glasgow city centre, the Scottish Enterprise Glasgow backed organisation is one of six European partners involved in the €3m Maximus project. ULS’s role in the three year deal is to test and evaluate the finished technology.

Technical director, Don McIntyre said: ‘This type of technology will revolutionise the way cars are designed, and given their reputation Ital clearly wants to be one of the first to take advantage of it. It gives car designers the opportunity to lift their work off the drawing board and project it into life size animated models through the use of a 3D headset. This technology is so advanced your eyes really are fooled into thinking you are looking at a real car.

‘This gives car designers the chance to see in a real life situation what the finished product will look like in a way that’s never been possible before.’

The ULS is a £1m initiative to equip people in Glasgow with new technology skills.