BASF’s Coatings division has introduced Auroom - a digital platform which enables OEM designers to access a database of photo-realistic virtual car colours. BASF’s virtual colours capture all facets of automotive coatings including lightness flop, colour flop and sparkling. By mapping these colours on car models, OEM designers can virtually paint every colour proposal and gain realistic impressions of colours and effects on a complete car already in an early design phase.
Auroom will be a valuable tool for OEM designers to speed up and perfect the overall colour design process as they are no longer solely dependent on physical samples that need to be painted and shipped. Auroom provides further innovative features like real-time side by side comparison of different colour shades of the same colour group to make the right colour decision easier.
“Automotive coatings are highly complex colours with texture, colour position and surface defining the overall impression. To easily understand the impact of these colour parameters on a 3-D shape, the digitised colours enable the user to see this on their individual models,” said Mark Gutjahr, Head of Automotive Color Design EMEA at BASF’s Coatings division. Working together with almost every car manufacturer on the market, BASF currently produces over 600 colours in Europe with new colours constantly being designed. This massive portfolio will now be scanned by cameras.
The huge amount of appearance data generated during the scan is processed using a sophisticated mathematic model while BASF’s colourimetric know-how contributes to ensure its authenticity. OEMs can then access the comprehensive colour data at the Auroom platform and render it on different 3D shapes provided by the platform or CAD shapes of their own models.