Porsche: 3D Printing in Production

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Precision manufacturing is a given due to Porsche’s prestigious practices. Recent strides forward in additive manufacturing and laser technology have enhanced the process even further. Advantages of this process are generous for Porsche, but even more so for the customer.


Traditional manufacturing of materials causes sparks to fly and bounce around, but by using lasers this will drastically decrease. One micrometer at a time, lasers carefully craft units of plastic powder or metal, then wraps up the process by fusing all the layers and producing a finished product. This process is formally known as additive manufacturing – more commonly referred to as 3D printing.


3D printing is closing the gap between digital content and physical products. The Chairman of the Executive Board of tool manufacture DMG Mori, Christian Thönes, comments, “Additive manufacturing materializes engineers’ ideas, and makes it possible to produce well-thought-through designs from the digital world in the real one.” Creating a connection between the two worlds – digital and physical – opens up endless possibilities for content creation. Beyond the scope of potential content, the quality is also heightened. Think about one complex part which requires 80 different pieces to compose the complex part; with additive manufacturing being uninterrupted, the complex part is now a single piece, increasing the overall durability and quality. 


There are two methods of 3D printing currently used – both utilizing lasers and metal powder. With powder and nozzle practice, a nozzle directs metal powder using gas. By focusing the nozzle and laser precisely at the same point, the metal power is activated and fused by the laser. The other method –powder bed procedure – also uses a laser to fuse metal power, but this time the powder has been layered over an entire surface. This method enables the product to gain height in layers ranging from 20 to 100 micrometers thick. 


3D printing may not sound like a direct benefit to the customer, but just the opposite is true. Since the worlds of digital content and manufacturing now communicate so freely, the products will be tailored to the customer more than ever. When customers make a specific request during the ordering process, the alterations can be made from the very beginning rather than later on. This means Porsche can deliver vehicles that are precisely manufactured and precisely meet the customers’ desires.  


Porsche — tailored to you.

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