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3D-print bodyform full bucket seat now available from Porsche

Suitable for various Boxster, Cayman and 911 models

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Following some final adjustments, the customized 3D-print bodyform full bucket seat is now available as part of the new Performance Parts offering from Porsche Tequipment. The seat is suitable for various Boxster, Cayman and 911 models. From February 2022 onwards, it can also be ordered from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur as a standard feature and it will be integrated into the Porsche Car Configurator at this point too. In addition to its unique look, the new central section of the seat is its main innovation: parts of the cushion and backrest surfaces are produced using a 3D printer and are available in three different rigidity grades, meaning the seat can be customized to suit the customer’s specific needs.

A select group of Porsche drivers has been thoroughly testing the new 3D-print bodyform full bucket seat at various events, including the Manthey-Racing Nordschleife Trackdays 20/21. The pilot phase generated plenty of valuable customer feedback.

“Seats adapted to individual drivers have been available for a long time in professional motorsport. Now Porsche also offers road-approved customization with different rigidity grades as standard,” says Porsche test driver Lars Kern. “During the initial test drives I was impressed by the ergonomics – the slightly lower seat position and improved thigh support are similar to what you get from a seat in a racing car. The passive ventilation is impressive too.” Compared to conventional full bucket seats, the new seat is also more than eight percent lighter.

Porsche 3D-print bodyform full bucket seat now available

3D-printed bodyform full bucket seat in the Mission R

The new Porsche Mission R, which has just celebrated its world premiere at the IAA Mobility motor show, also features a 3D-print bodyform full bucket seat. This concept study of a fully electric GT racing vehicle embodies Porsche’s vision for how customer motorsport could look in the future.

The 3D-printed bodyform full bucket seat is available for all Porsche models that are offered with the conventional seat (order number Q1K or P11). The seat can also be retrofitted in vehicles that have already been delivered, and some models can even have the seat fitted on the passenger side. The assembly process takes just a few minutes at a Porsche Centre. The price per seat is 2,677.50 euros. Availability details are shown below:

Porsche 3D-print bodyform full bucket seat now available

Innovative manufacturing process

The 3D-printed bodyform full bucket seat is based on Porsche’s lightweight full bucket seat and features a sandwich construction: base support made from expanded polypropylene (EPP) is bonded to a breathable comfort layer consisting of a mixture of polyurethane-based materials made using additive manufacturing – in other words using a 3D printer. The components are clipped together. This innovative joining technology means that the seat generates no emissions associated with adhesives.

The outer skin of the seat is made of Race-Tex. This non-slip material offers plenty of support in the seat and the unique perforated surface enables improved passive ventilation.

Window panels show exposed, full-color sections of the 3D-printed lattice structure and give the full bucket seat an unmistakable design. Initially, customers can choose between Black, Guards Red and Racing Yellow for these design elements. In February, Arctic Grey, Ultramarine and Shark Blue will be added to the color range. Porsche is planning another customization for the medium term: 3D-printed bodyform full bucket seats adapted to the individual body contours of each customer.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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