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Aston Martin uses 3D printing and carbon fiber to manufacture the new DBR22

Seduced by the advantages offered by the technology, many companies in the automotive sector have started to opt for additive manufacturing. From Bugatti to Porsche to Chevrolet and many more, industry players are no longer hesitant to use 3D printing in the design of everything from buses to luxury vehicles. More recently, the famous British car manufacturer Aston Martin has made the news. During the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to be held from August 19 to 22 in California, the company will present its latest model, the DBR22. Designed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Q by Aston Martin, a division of the brand offering supercars, the company’s latest car stands out mainly for its design, but also for its lightness due to the integration of 3D printed parts. .

Roberto Fedeli, Technical Director of Aston Martin, talks about the manufacturing process and the characteristics of the car, “Technology is key in the construction of the DBR22, with extensive use of carbon fiber throughout and the use of 3D printing to manufacture a structural component. As such, the DBR22 exhibits the unique capabilities from Aston Martin, with world-class design combined with an agile and intelligent approach to engineering and production.For a car that has been designed to celebrate the ultimate bespoke personalization service, technical developments mean that DBR22 truly has the dynamic theater to match, ensuring the ride is just as addictive as it looks.

Aston Martin turned to 3D printing for the DBR22

Photo credits: Aston Martin

Additive manufacturing and the automotive sector

Although Aston Martin does not specify which 3D printers were used, the company says it used carbon fiber to design the car’s rear subframe, the first time Aston Martin turned to the technology. for the room. They have also chosen to use a composite material, in particular carbon fiber, thanks to which the structural component offers resistance and lightness. And this choice of material should come as no surprise. For several years, this material has been gaining popularity in the additive manufacturing sector. Allowing the design of extremely resistant parts while reducing their weight, materials filled with carbon fibers are now present in various sectors, such as footwear and cycling.

As in many industries, in the automotive field, 3D printing is gaining popularity over the years. Now associated with high-performance materials, the technology offers automotive players new opportunities in terms of production, as was the case with the DBR22. Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin, concluded: “We put our design systems into ‘hyper-drive’, pushing the exploration of formalism further and trying to express a future in today’s here. Where could we go with surfaces, proportions and form. By combining this approach with advanced process, technology and materials, we have effectively modernized our racing lineage and created a new pedigree. The DBR22 is a hot-blooded Aston Martin sports car, full of speed, agility and spirit, and a machine that we believe will be the basis for many icons of tomorrow. You can read more in the press release HERE.

Photo credits: Aston Martin

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*Cover photo credits: Aston Martin