“It was the moment when I finally decided to create the perfect car,” said Ferruccio Lamborghini, upon the inception of one of the greatest automotive status symbols ever. Although he died in 1993, there is a chance that the Italian great could have been aware of progressive new technologies like 3D printing and the potential for enormous impacts in the automotive industry; in fact, many automotive companies have been using additive manufacturing processes for decades.
Indeed, Lamborghini did create an automotive line–and a series of masterpieces–that have reigned supreme, passing the test of time. Well-flaunted by the rich and famous, the Lamborghini is known as one of the fastest, highest-performing, and most expensive sports cars. The latest model of the Sián Roadster sells for around $2 million, with 19 reported to be sold already.
While the new luxury vehicle is unique in the complete lack of a roof (who needs to fool with all the inconveniences of a convertible anyway), it also bears the stamp of Carbon, featuring 3D printed central and lateral dashboard air vents which are spectacularly described as offering luxurious comfort “with an adrenaline-charged feeling of acceleration and ultimately elevating the driving experience.” Carbon Digital Light Synthesis was used with Carbon EPX 82 material for these components in the Sián FKP 37, Lamborghini’s first hybrid production car.
Now owned by Volkswagen Group, the automotive company continues to design vehicles that are undeniably always on the cutting edge, further demonstrated by a partnership with the Silicon Valley-headquartered Carbon. Working together since early 2019, both Carbon and Lamborghini seem to have earned impressive mutual respect for each other, beginning with the production of a 3D printed fuel cap, and a clip component for an air duct, fabricated for the Urus SUV.
The benefits of 3D printing were quickly apparent to the team at Lamborghini as part lead time was decreased by 12 weeks. The usual time and money spent on tooling were also completely eliminated.
“With the Carbon Digital Manufacturing Platform, we were able to go from an initial concept to showing the final part on a show car in only three weeks, passing through many different design iterations to get the best result. Just three months later, we were able to move into production,” said Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer at Automobili Lamborghini.
Carbon’s EPX 82 also passed tests for:
- Interiors flammability
- Volatile organic compounds
- Thermal cycling
- Heat aging
The two companies plan to continue working together, using the Carbon Platform and Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology—with the dual goal of offering even more sophisticated designs and improved components, all allowing for cars to be manufactured and presented to consumers faster.Carbon; engadget]
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