Skorpian engineering accelerates development of luxury car prototypes with 3D printing.
With Stratasys 3D printing, Skorpion Engineering can produce robust prototypes within 24 hours, streamlining the overall production time of vehicles.
The company’s PolyJet and FDM 3D printers provide a varied range of both external and internal automotive prototypes, from door handles to full-size seat frames. Recently the company 3D printed a life-size car bumper, a part which automotive manufacturers traditionally outsource in clay. However, since the fragility of clay parts leave them prone to potential damage during transit, outsourcing costs invariably skyrocket and lead-times quickly escalate from weeks to months. In addition, if iterations are required, this greatly impacts the wider supply-chain and delays the production of the vehicles. To overcome these barriers, Skorpion Engineering 3D printed the 1.4 m / 4.6 ft bumper on its Stratasys Fortus 900mc 3D printer. This reduced turnaround time by a massive 50% compared to traditional methods, enabling it to get the part to its customer quicker than ever before.
“This ability to streamline our turnaround time enables our customers to undergo aesthetic and functionality verification significantly faster. This directly impacts their overall production cycle and helps accelerate their time-to-market,” said Italo Moriggi, General Manager, Skorpion Engineering.
3D printed in Stratasys’ ABSplus thermoplastic material, the bumper offered the same mechanical characteristics and expected performance as the final part, while also offering weight savings compared to its clay counterpart. As a result, this produced an aerodynamic prototype with improved part performance while undergoing functional tests. “In the context of the end-to-end manufacturing workflow, the level of time-savings with 3D printing isn’t merely improvement or progression, it’s transformational,” said Moriggi.
Utiziling its Stratasys 3D printers, Skorpion Engineering produces high-endurance prototypes 50% faster compared to traditional methods while offering improved part performance.
“3D printing by its very nature, enables us to create customized parts with complex geometries in a fraction of the time over traditional methods,” said Moriggi. “3D printing allows us to optimize parts and indicate how our customers can best overcome engineering challenges early in the design stage, saving them both time and capital.”
Driving concept car production.
“3D printing has been integral to our ability to compete with traditional rapid prototyping service providers and transform our customers’ product development cycles. With our experience, coupled with our Stratasys 3D printers, we are now looking to extend our service to the production of high-endurance final manufactured parts, and produce a fully-functional concept car within the next five years,” said Moriggi.