Feb 15, 2017 | By Tess
Polish sports car manufacturer Arrinera Technology has teamed up with local industrial 3D printer manufacturer OMNI3D to additively manufacture parts for the Arrinera Hussarya, Poland’s first supercar. OMNI3D, known for its industrial and large-format FFF 3D printing solutions, says it helped to manufacture functional prototypes for the supercar, as well as final parts.
The Arrinera Hussarya supercar, which was first unveiled as a concept back in 2012, has been put into production, and, to a degree, we have 3D printing to thank. Like in other industries, additive manufacturing technologies were leveraged by Arrinera to speed up the prototyping and production process without sacrificing or compromising on quality or optimal design.
As one can imagine, designing a car, especially a supercar, is a rigorous process that involves continuous changes and adjustments to designs, so having the ability to make changes to prototypes on the fly, test them, and tweak them some more, is invaluable. OMNI3D provided Arrinera Technology with this capacity, with the added bonus of manufacturing large-scale, complexly structured parts for the car. The companies have been working together for over a year.
3D printed parts for Arrinera Technology
“Detail production on a 3D printer significantly accelerates the work of our R&D team and reduces production time and costs,” commented Łukasz Tomkiewicz, president of Arrinera Technology S.A. “Frequent changes to a model’s shape–the diameter or length–are not as problematic as they used to be. A new model can be printed in just over twelve hours.”
OMNI3D, perhaps best known for its Factory Production System 2.0, a large-scale (500 x 500 x 500 mm) FFF 3D printer, has been offering on-demand 3D printing services for the past year through its Printroom. The service came about through a necessity to demonstrate OMNI3D’s manufacturing technology to potential clients, as well as to provide an option to companies that aren’t prepared to invest in their own 3D printer.
As Krzysztof Kardach, Chief Technologist at OMNI3D, explains, “We opened the Printroom as a result of observing market needs. Many of our customers before making a final purchase decision about Factory 2.0, ask us for test prints. Others, like Arrinera don’t want to invest in their own machine, but still need professional 3D prints. There are also companies that have big needs for 3D printing, but prefer to trust experienced 3D printing technologists from our company.”
OMNI3D Factory 2.0 3D printer
Not only does OMNI3D’s Printroom offer relatively large-scale 3D printing, its FFF technology can also accommodate high-quality and durable thermoplastics such as ABS-42, ASA-39, PC-ABS- 47, PET-G- 32, and HIPS-20. For the Arrinera Hussarya supercar, mirror caps, air vents, and other important components were 3D printed primarily using ABS-42.
Evidently very happy with the supercar’s 3D printed parts, Tomkiewicz added, “Parts printed in 3D on Factory 2.0 Production System meet all of our requirements...in terms of strength, dimensional accuracy, and turnaround time. Some elements, such as air vents, are even installed in the car as the final product.”
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