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Lamborghini adopts Carbon 3D printing for automotive production at scale

Italian sports car brand redesigning and 3D printing parts for the Urus Super SUV

3D printing company Carbon has just announced an exciting new collaboration with Italian sports car brand Lamborghini. Through the partnership, Lamborghini will leverage Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology to produce end-use components for its Super SUV, the Urus.

The Urus SUV, which the Sant’Agata Bolognese-based sports car brand released in 2018, already integrates two components manufactured using Carbon’s AM technology: a textured fuel cap embedded with the Urus label and a clip component for an air duct. The automotive company is also redesigning many more of the vehicle’s parts for digital fabrication, including interior components, mirror assembly parts and various accessories.

Working closely with Volkswagen’s Electronic Research Lab—represented by Senior Vice President and Executive Director Nikolai Reimer—Lamborghini has leveraged Carbon’s resin-based DLS 3D printing technology to optimize existing vehicle components, making them more lightweight and durable.

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The 3D printed fuel cover for the Urus SUV

The automotive company has found Carbon’s AM platform suitable for automotive applications, as it enables mass production of small components, thanks to its speed and scalability. The adoption of the technology was also facilitated by recent advances in material science and, specifically, the release of Carbon’s durable Epoxy (EPX) 82 resin, which boasts excellent impact strength, temperature resistance and high pressure resistance.

“Through our extensive procurement research, we found that many of our vehicle components were ideal candidates for digital manufacturing,” commented Stefan Gramse, Chief Procurement Officer of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. “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. We are looking forward to a sustainable, successful partnership with Carbon.”

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

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3D printed air duct split for the Urus SUV

Over the past year, Carbon has solidified its position in the AM industry, demonstrating its ability to work with high profile companies, such as Adidas and Riddell, and offer AM solutions to meet mass scale demand. The company says its unique subscription-based business model is part of the reason for its successful partnerships, as it allows for close alignment with customer business needs, providing over-the-air software updates, ongoing training programs and one-to-one customer service.

Through the collaboration, Lamborghini has become one of the first automotive companies to integrate Carbon’s DLS technology into its workflow for the production of end use parts at scale, following Ford. Last month, at the North American International Auto Show, Ford and Carbon showcased a series of digitally manufactured polymer parts, including a Ford Focus HVAC Lever Arm Service Parts, Ford F-150 Raptor Auxiliary Plugs and Ford Mustang GT500 Electric Parking Brake Brackets.

The company also recently launched a new additive manufacturing platform, the L1, which offers a significantly larger build volume than its previous M1 and M2 3D printers.

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault moved from her home of Montreal, Canada to the Netherlands in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. It was during her time in Amsterdam that she became acquainted with 3D printing technology and began writing for a local additive manufacturing news platform. Now based in France, Tess has over two and a half years experience writing, editing and publishing additive manufacturing content with a particular interest in women working within the industry. She is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM industry.

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