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.
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.
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.
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.
Point-cloud data from the exterior scan.
Scan data rear view, shaded.
Point-cloud data, rear view.
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.
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