Massivit 3D printed 1:1 concept car signals the future of concept prototyping

February 20, 2019

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, the leading provider of large format 3D printing solutions, has announced the advent of a disruptive and cost-saving new manufacturing method for concept prototyping exemplified by a full-scale 3D printed concept car unveiled this month at the FAI Exhibition in Paris.

Massivit 3D large format digital printing solutions now bring to market significant benefits in concept prototyping across the automotive, consumer goods, consumer electronics and other industries by facilitating 1:1 scale concept prototypes that can be produced at unprecedented speed compared to traditional manufacturing technology, as well as saving on manufacturing costs and enabling complete design confidentiality.

3D printing, otherwise known as additive manufacturing, eliminates the need for tooling and enables rapid and cost-effective fabrication of complex geometric designs. There is also no need for multiple set ups as a given part can be produced in one, single, continuous manufacturing process.

Preparation and set-up time for digital 3D printing is extremely quick and simple and the manufacturing process is fully automated. Unlike CNC production –which requires frequent, manual repositioning –3D printing eradicates the need for manual operator interaction.

Featured at this month’s FAI Exhibition, the David Bowie tribute concept car was produced by large format 3D printing specialists,Marie 3D, in just two months and was designed by renowned car designer, Takumi Yamamoto. The car showcases to the automobile industry what is possible when precise and curated technological evolution is combined with an unfettered imagination.

Amir Veresh, VP Business Development and Marketing at Massivit 3D,explained: "3D printing delivers significant savings in time and cost compared to traditional and labor-intensive production techniques such as full-size clay modelingand CNC routing. We’re thrilled to be partnering on this prestigious and creative project that enables us to expose the true added value of 3D printing for the concept design arena.”

Takumi Yamamoto, Designer and Founder of Takumi Yamamoto sarl, added:“The design would have been too complex and expensive to produce with traditional milling techniques. Compared to the existing, imprecise methods for creating mock-ups with clay and physical modelers, 3D printing produces an exact sculpture and offers greater creativity, design freedom, and a more streamlined production flow. It was great to see visitors so enthusiastic about the project, including many journalists who expressed that it was one of the highlights of the show.”

“This project really reflects a technology evolution in car design,” stated Pierre Maheut, Strategy Director, Architecture & Design at Allegorithmicduring the show. “I have been following the car for a while and I am really happy to finally see it in full scale. I hope to, one day, be able to see my projects in full scale thanks to 3D printing technology. We have always used 3D to make smaller scale objects but never imagined reaching this scale, so seeing the DB project live at the show is very promising and motivating for the future.”

Marie 3D’s Managing Director, Philippe Marie, stated: “I am very proud to have worked on this project that demonstrated the capabilities 3D printing has to offer in terms of size, speed and reliability. We look forward to demonstrating this full-scale prototype across Europe and the rest of the world.”

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