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Ballot 2LS – 3D scanning and body design

  • Ballot 2LS in period
    This superb picture spoiled us. We often have to work from very poor pictures that we have to enhance before use.
  • Classic car parts 3D scanned
    To create the car we had to make sense of and use parts that other people would wrongly consider as scrap.
  • Selective 3D classic car part and body scanning
    3D scanning enabled us to re-use the bonnet and scuttle, being a feature common to Ballot vehicles.
  • We give value to our clients
    Picture shows us reverse engineering parts on a ferry on the way home. We work abroad as well as in the UK and do not waste time.
  • Ballot 2LS restoration
    The Ballot - one of only five survivors worldwide - takes shape on the other side of the world using the designs 3D Engineers created.

Design brief

3D Engineers was required to reconstruct the original car using contemporary photographs and 3D scanning to create a virtual body that could then be refined to match those period images. Critically the rear design of the vehicle was not known. This work was then to be used to re-create the car in reality.

“I asked 3D Engineers to help me re-create the car’s original body, which had been removed in 1930 and presumably destroyed. Photographs survived showing the front and sides, but there was no rear view. Detailed 3D images of the complete car were created which we could manipulate until satisfied that the rear contours matched the rest of this lovely Parisian creation. Today, the project is well on the way to completion. I am thrilled with the results so far.”

Douglas Blain – Publisher, The Automobile magazine (UK based) 2012

Date: January 21, 2014