Printing from 3D printers is slowly making its way through the automotive industry. An increasing number of car manufacturers are experimenting with the technology and already we’ve seen beautiful 3D-printed creations in the domain, including wheels from McLaren, brake calipers from Bugatti and custom accents from Mini. Some innovative companies are going one step further by printing chassis components for super cars.
Now, Porsche is showing it has no intention of watching the parade go by from the sidelines. The German automaker has just announced that it will soon be introducing a sculpted bucket seat using 3D printer technology. It's not officially available yet, but it's on its way. The approach is simple: the central part of the seat (thus the seat and backrest cushions) is partially produced by a 3D printer, which will allow customers to choose between three levels of firmness.
"The seat is the interface between man and vehicle. It is therefore important for precise driving and sporty handling. This is why customized seat shells for the driver have long been the standard in racing cars.”
- Michael Steiner, member of the Board of Directors of Porsche's Research and Development Department