Making of the Audi Quattro slot cars - 01.22.13
Back in October 2012 in Toronto’s Royal Bank Plaza, a shipping container sized structure popped up alongside a new Audi Quattro A4. In the glowing glass container, you’d find quite the slot car track, essentially a tiny Audi wonderland, which you could race through via iPads. Audi Canada and Slot Mods USA took the traditional slot car track to a new level, as this one included 3D printed 1:32 scale Audi A4s that you drive with an iPad and custom cameras. Bummed you missed it? Me too. Lucky for you and I they released a great making-of video about the process of creating the interactive installation.
The short film, Painting Coconuts - The Audi Quattro Experience, is filled with inspiring craft and passion. It follows David Beattie, owner of Slot Mods USA, and his team as they produce the one of a kind interactive artwork. Every detail is painstakingly hand crafted. The trees are made from dried Japanese Sedum flowers, custom circuits were built for the POV cameras, and when sourcing a 1:32 scale model of the current A4 proved difficult, they 3D scanned a real one and used the digital file to 3D print the slot cars. Check out the making- of video and lots of close ups on the next page…
It’s amazing to see how crude the foam structure starts and how refined and smooth it finally gets.
Here you can see the process of 3D scanning with a structured light technique. Lines are projected onto the car while a camera tracks the contours that it makes and produces a digital 3D file.
3D printed A4!
Since the 3D printed Audi needs to be smooth for paint, they apply a finish to it that they can sand down before it heads to the painter.
Awesome original Audi Quattro hiding in the barn.
The custom POV camera and circuit board looks like it was difficult to make considering the size constraints inside the slot car.