Futurliner #3
       
     
Futurliner #6
       
     
Futurliner #6
       
     
Futurliner scan
       
     
Futurliner scan
       
     
Futurliner scan
       
     
Futurliner scan
       
     
Futurliner CAD model
       
     
Futurliner #3
       
     
Futurliner #3

In 1939, the GM Parade of Progress consisted of 12 first generation Futurliners, 8 Streamliners, 24 trucks, 19 passenger car units, 2 Army trucks (for the defense exhibit) and a couple of GM concept cars. In addition to the myriad of vehicles, they also carted around the Aer-O-Dome, a tent made specifically for the GM Parade of Progress that seated 1500 people and was built like an inverted umbrella with the ribs exposed.

Futurliner #6
       
     
Futurliner #6

The Parade traveled to over 300 cities, and provided a fabulous glimpse into our technological future to over 13 million wide-eyed viewers. Even though the Parade of Progress was a huge expense to GM, presumably they would have continued offering it city by city had the invention of television not taken over the way a message was conveyed. Now companies could be in the country’s living room day after day, night after night entertaining and educating for a fraction of the cost that the Parade of Progress cost GM.

Futurliner #6
       
     
Futurliner #6

Kindig-It Design, a hot rod and restoration shop in Salt Lake City, Utah has the once in a lifetime opportunity of restoring a Futurliner back to her original glory for a customer. Number 3 is patiently waiting for her facelift back to the future as it were.

Futurliner scan
       
     
Futurliner scan

Kindig-It Design asked Meshwerks to 3D-scan Futurliner #3 to help in documenting the behemoth, as well as to help aid in the CAD reconstruction of any damaged or missing parts as it was dismantled.

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Futurliner scan

Point-cloud data from the exterior scan.

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Futurliner scan

Scan data rear view, shaded.

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Futurliner scan

Point-cloud data, rear view.

Futurliner CAD model
       
     
Futurliner CAD model

Work-in-progress of the exterior CAD model. 

The Futurliners are 33 feet long, 8 feet wide, 11 feet 7 inches tall with a 248-inch wheelbase. They weigh roughly 33,000 pounds and were unique for their dual side-by-side front wheels, each wheel owning its own set of brakes and bearings.

Check back over the coming months for updates...