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Lamborghini partners with 3D print firm

Lamborghini has partnered with Carbon 3D to utilise its technology in the manufacturing of end-use parts.

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The Urus model will benefit from two 3D printed parts

The first production parts using the 3D printing technology are both for Lamborghini’s Super SUV Urus model, first introduced in 2018, which will benefit from a new textured fuel cap and a clip component for an air duct.

“Carbon’s digital manufacturing solution empowers companies like Lamborghini with the freedom to design and build better products on the means of production,” says Dr. Joseph DeSimone, chief executive officer and co-Founder of Carbon.

The announcement makes Lamborghini the first automobile company to adopt the technology from Carbon. Carbon’s 3D technology is slightly different from conventional additive manufacturing, as its Digital Light Synthesis uses light and oxygen to produce products from a pool of resin.

The automotive industry shows significant promise for using digital fabrication for production at scale

DeSimone continues: “The automotive industry shows significant promise for using digital fabrication for production at scale, and our partnership with Lamborghini is a perfect example of the kind of innovation you can achieve when you fuse design, manufacturability and engineering all into one.

“Through our extensive procurement research, we found that many of our vehicle components were ideal candidates for digital manufacturing,” says Stefan Gramse, chief procurement officer of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

By working closely with Volkswagen’s Electronic Research Lab and using Carbon’s printers and DLS technology, Lamborghini is redesigning many of the parts in its vehicle interior, mirror assembly, and accessory components to produce light-weight, durable, end-use parts.

Gramse concludes: “By partnering with Carbon, we are designing on the means of production, which allows us to produce more durable products smarter, faster, and more efficiently, while also substantially accelerating our time to market,” adds Gramse. “We are looking forward to a sustainable, successful partnership with Carbon.”

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