This time it is a manufacturer of the stature of Porsche the one who just announced that, after numerous tests, the division Porsche Classic is in a position to start manufacturing parts for the classic cars of the German company by 3D printing. As on other occasions, we are talking about certain parts for which it is necessary to manufacture runs that are too small for them to be minimally profitable.
As assured by Porsche, its division in charge of offering any part to restore classic cars of the brand, today works in a very simple way, the idea is that they currently have in stock more than 52.000 piecesIf one of these is no longer available or its quantity decreases, it is manufactured again using the original tools. In the event that a considerable number of units of this particular part need to be manufactured, production may require the use of new tools that must be manufactured.
Porsche already uses 3D printing to manufacture replacement parts for its classic sports cars
Due precisely to the fact that we are talking about a luxury brand, one of its main problems is the guarantee any spare part at all times that your customers may need. This has been the turning point from which Porsche Classic have decided to start testing what the different 3D printing techniques can offer when manufacturing parts in small batches.
After testing different manufacturing processes, it seems that one of the most interesting is the selective laser fusion. Thanks to the results obtained with this very specific type of technology, the German company has begun to manufacture up to eight pieces for its classics by 3D printing. As a detail, tell you that the pieces in question are made of steel and alloy or directly of plastic, for which the aforementioned SLS techniques are used