Bentley Expands 3D Printing Capability
3D printing – also known as additive manufacturing – has become a well-accepted technology amongst OEM manufacturers, allowing for fast-prototyping of parts and the production of limited-run components.
Bentley Motors uses the technology and has detailed the impact of a £3 million ($AU5.6 million) investment to double its Additive Manufacturing (AM) capacity at the company’s headquarters in the UK.
Its facility produced more than 15,000 components in 2021 and the expansion will, the company said, enable it to create more parts and deliver greater personalisation in customer cars.
The company’s research and development team identified a wide variety of items to print, including historically accurate tooling equipment needed to make parts for the Bentley Blower Continuation model.
The technology has also been used to create physical components for several prototype Bentleys, including full-scale powertrain models and wind tunnel models, as well as parts for the Bentley models driven in the Pikes Peak Challenge in America.
Bentley says the AM equipment enables a 50 per cent cost saving on parts, and the facility is capable of producing thousands of components in over 25 different material options.
15 March 2022