Besides Doug’s machine design engineering skills, TARUS had (and still has) a vertically integrated machine manufacturing operation including the machine structure fabrication/weld, CNC machining, control panel wiring, machine assembly, software department, service department and even a lab certified metrology/machine calibration department.
This vertically integrated approach allowed TARUS to quickly innovate and offer superior solutions.
This first TARUS Claymill was installed at GM in early 1986, followed rapidly by 3 more. Word spread quickly about around Detroit. Early TARUS customers included Ford, Chrysler, Cars & Concepts, Modern Engineering, Pioneer Engineering, ASC, and Creative Engineering.
Within a 2 year period from the creation of the Claymill, they all purchased TARUS Claymilling machines. GM would eventually go on to purchase over 250 machines for their various design studios in the USA, Brazil, Australia, Korea, Japan, and China.
The TARUS name quickly became synonymous in the industry with clay modeling. Generations of automotive sculptors referred to clay milling CNC machines simply as a ‘TARUS’ or ‘Claymill’.
The first TARUS Claymill was unveiled with tremendous fanfare and brought to the Waldorf-Astoria for display at GM’s “Teamwork and Technology for Today and Tomorrow” event – still the largest display of GM technology in company history.
TARUS clay mills were also showcased for their futuristic capability in EPCOT Center’s “World of Motion” attraction from the late 1980s through the early 1990s.