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Pictured above is the finished 3D printed 1965 Ford Motor Company Shelby Cobra replica.

Apr 17, 2015

Revolutionizing Automotive 3D Printing: Creating a Cobra in 6 Weeks

Look Out Aluminum, Thermoplastic Composites Can Reduce More Mass

Mar 19, 2015

Look Out Aluminum, Thermoplastic Composites Can Reduce More Mass

Skinny automotive seats is an emerging trend in the automotive industry as engineers are tasked with reducing space, weight and cost of today's car seats without sacrificing comfort.

Mar 05, 2015

Skinny Automotive Seats: More Space, Less Cost, Still Comfy

The 1960 Ford Starliner by Chip Foose and painted with BASF Glasurit 90-Line Metallic Grey was unveiled at the BASF SEMA booth Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Nov 10, 2014

Car Designers Inspired by Dynamic Color at This Year's SEMA Show

See What Trends Are Inspiring Tomorrow's Car Colors

Aug 14, 2014

See What Trends Are Inspiring Tomorrow's Car Colors

Epitomizing the rustic, hardworking, inventive spirit of the post-Recession era, this photo depicts BASF’s local North America color trends and the inspiration behind the color selections. Colors include: La Garra Charrua, Haymaker, Fitted Green, Gray Elevator and Take 10,000.

Aug 04, 2014

5 Color Trends Reflecting the New America

How an Old Chevrolet Farm Truck Inspired a Passion for Painting

Jul 17, 2014

How an Old Chevrolet Farm Truck Inspired a Passion for Painting

From Concept to Clay - Students Idealize Next-Gen Buick Cars

May 29, 2014

From Concept to Clay - Students Idealize Next-Gen Buick Cars

JF Launier with his Ridler Award winning 1964 Buick Riviera Rivision painted with BASF R-M® Onyx HD paint.

Mar 14, 2014

JF Launier's Bold Design of the '64 Buick Riviera Earns the 2014 Ridler Award at Autorama

Pictured above is the finished 3D printed 1965 Ford Motor Company Shelby Cobra replica.

Apr 17, 2015

Revolutionizing Automotive 3D Printing: Creating a Cobra in 6 Weeks

When you think of the latest in 3D printing, prosthetic limbs, building models and electronic gadgets might come to mind. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), however, was determined to add a 1965 Shelby Cobra to that list, and they did so in a matter of weeks. The 1965 Shelby Cobra was different though, revolutionary actually. The team was small, but mighty. Six engineers at ORNL, a few designers and painters at TruDesign and local representatives from BASF worked hand-in-hand to not only master the large-scale automotive 3D printing, but also achieved a 'Class A Finish' on this iconic vehicle.

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Look Out Aluminum, Thermoplastic Composites Can Reduce More Mass

Mar 19, 2015

Look Out Aluminum, Thermoplastic Composites Can Reduce More Mass

"Aluminum Inferior to Steel? Not On The 2015 Ford F-150" "Ford's aluminum F-150 takes Truck of the Year" "After the Groundbreaking 2015 F-150, Should We Expect Aluminum Ford Cars Next?" We've all seen the headlines; aluminum has dominated the lightweighting conversation ever since Ford announced the fully aluminum body structure on its 2015 Ford F-150. But is it worth all that buzz?

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Skinny automotive seats is an emerging trend in the automotive industry as engineers are tasked with reducing space, weight and cost of today's car seats without sacrificing comfort.

Mar 05, 2015

Skinny Automotive Seats: More Space, Less Cost, Still Comfy

It seems like everything these days has a "skinny" option - skinny jeans, skinny popcorn, skinny beverages. This emerging trend has even made its way into the automotive industry with skinny automotive seats. As automakers grapple to meet the stringent CAFE standards by 2025, they started by lightweighting the frame because it's the largest part of the vehicle. Just last year, that brought about vehicles with fully aluminum or carbon-fiber frames. Now, as engineers begin to look beyond the frame and into the interior, the seat is another obvious element that can withstand losing some weight. Thus, the thinned-out automotive seating trend commences.

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The 1960 Ford Starliner by Chip Foose and painted with BASF Glasurit 90-Line Metallic Grey was unveiled at the BASF SEMA booth Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Nov 10, 2014

Car Designers Inspired by Dynamic Color at This Year's SEMA Show

For every car color, there's a story, whether it's the designer's inspiration, the engineer's attention to detail or the customer's appeal to the specifics. This is especially true in the refinish world. The paint is the final touch to take a car to its former glory.

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See What Trends Are Inspiring Tomorrow's Car Colors

Aug 14, 2014

See What Trends Are Inspiring Tomorrow's Car Colors

BASF recently released its Global Coatings Color Collection 2014/2015 report, "Under the Radar," which outlines global themes and potential colors choices for the automaker to consider when creating the vehicle models of the future. The global color palette draws on increased individuality, technology and connectivity.

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Epitomizing the rustic, hardworking, inventive spirit of the post-Recession era, this photo depicts BASF’s local North America color trends and the inspiration behind the color selections. Colors include: La Garra Charrua, Haymaker, Fitted Green, Gray Elevator and Take 10,000.

Aug 04, 2014

5 Color Trends Reflecting the New America

North America is bouncing back, full of energy in this post-Recession era. People are starting to look differently at what they have and are approaching their lives, environment and economy with a renewed sense of purpose. Hometown genuineness, a can-do, action-focused attitude and individual uniqueness that inspire an inventive spirit are all playing a vital role in today's society.

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How an Old Chevrolet Farm Truck Inspired a Passion for Painting

Jul 17, 2014

How an Old Chevrolet Farm Truck Inspired a Passion for Painting

For one auto enthusiast, Detroit's famous Woodward Dream Cruise became more than just a fun-filled weekend; it opened a door to pursue a new career opportunity and a lifelong passion.

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From Concept to Clay - Students Idealize Next-Gen Buick Cars

May 29, 2014

From Concept to Clay - Students Idealize Next-Gen Buick Cars

Eighteen junior-level students from the College of Creative Studies (CCS) were put to the test this winter semester and assigned a final project that involved designing a 2030 Buick concept vehicle using specified supplier materials from BASF.

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JF Launier with his Ridler Award winning 1964 Buick Riviera Rivision painted with BASF R-M® Onyx HD paint.

Mar 14, 2014

JF Launier's Bold Design of the '64 Buick Riviera Earns the 2014 Ridler Award at Autorama

The car appropriately named Rivision, a '64 Buick Riviera, took five years of blood, sweat and tears for JF Launier and his team at JF Kustoms to design and create. The vehicle's fit, finish and execution are immaculate, thanks to a keen attention to detail. Therefore, it is no surprise that this car took home the 2014 Ridler Award at Detroit Autorama.

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