Laser scanning and designing complicated hinges
Matt and Stephan 3-D scan the front end, wheels, tires, and chassis in the raised and lowered position in order to bring the data into Solidworks. This will allow Matt to design the front engine accessory drive (FEAD), intake air system, and hood hinges on the computer, precisely. Although setup time is increased, designing these parts on the computer will dramatically reduce fabrication time and ensure proper fitment. We can’t have the tires smashing into the Banks Big-Ass filters. Erik then scans the bed and merges the inner and outer sheet metal into one unit. In theory, this will allow him to cut the bed in half in the computer and design the dump bed structure and know it’ll work before he even turns on a cutting tool.