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voronoi panelling dent camouflage
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If a car was designed with voronoi partitioning small dents would be indistinguishable from the overall exterior look. The dents might even be designed to pop along the partition boundaries, just like a popper toy, making fixes easier. This is crumple zones taken to extreme on body panels.

If the voronoi patterning was small enough there might even be a 'Myth Busters' dimpled fuel saving and dent absorption could ripple back and forth over the panel in a mesmerizing wave until energy dissipated.

These panels only take small to moderate dents so don't speed. The radar deflection capabilities haven't been investigated yet.

wjt, May 20 2017

Voronoi cells https://en.wikipedi...iki/Voronoi_diagram
Probably only a small group with this tessellation taste. [wjt, May 20 2017]

Dynamic voronoi script https://bl.ocks.org/mbostock/4060366
A bit of fun. Place your red dent anywhere. [wjt, May 20 2017]

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       Like the hide of a golf ball but a bit more random ? Do cars go fast enough for the dimpling to improve the aerodynamics ? Maybe on airplanes ?
popbottle, May 21 2017

       This would be useful if you lived in an area where extremely heavy hail was common.
hippo, May 22 2017

       Wait; if I understand the wiki article correctly, the real texture of the car body would be the same as for any other car, not dimpled - right?
pertinax, May 25 2017

       If this were done correctly, your car could be become a 23-octave steel drum.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 25 2017

RayfordSteele, May 25 2017

       [pertinax] As I imagine it, no. A metal structure nanoscopically maybe crystalline voronoi but this idea tries to make those crystalline lines, scaled up, places to absorb energy and move it around like a good looking musical instrument.
wjt, May 28 2017


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