Digital manufacturing platform provider Carbon has inked a strategic partnership with Italian supercar and super sports utility vehicle OEM Lamborghini to deploy the former’s additive manufacturing technology on a commercial scale. The first production parts are a textured fuel cap with the Urus label and a clip component for an air duct. Both parts are used on Lamborghini’s Urus SUV, which was first introduced in 2018.
|The first digitally manufactured production parts at Lamborghini are a textured fuel cap with the Urus
label (above) and a clip component for an
air duct (below).
Carbon Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology uses light and oxygen to rapidly produce products from a pool of resin. This innovative approach uses over-the-air software updates combined with connected, data-centric hardware and innovative materials to enable designers and engineers to produce previously un-makeable products, both economically and at mass scale.
“Through our extensive procurement research, we found that many of our vehicle components were ideal candidates for digital manufacturing,” said Stefan Gramse, Chief Procurement Officer of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. “By partnering with Carbon, we are designing on the means of production, which allows us to produce more durable products smarter, faster and more efficiently, while also substantially accelerating our time to market. We are looking forward to a sustainable, successful partnership with Carbon.”
Leveraging Carbon printers and DLS technology, Lamborghini, in close collaboration with Volkswagen’s Electronic Research Lab, is redesigning many of the parts in its vehicle interior, mirror assembly, and accessory components to produce lightweight, durable, end-use parts. Carbon’s durable Epoxy (EPX) 82 material is proven to withstand the high pressures, temperature requirements, as well as impact strength, needed for such applications. Lamborghini can now produce higher quality, lighter-weight parts, at scale and more efficiently.
“Carbon’s digital manufacturing solution empowers companies like Lamborghini with the freedom to design and build better products on the means of production,” said Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO and co-Founder of Carbon. “The automotive industry shows significant promise for using digital fabrication for production at scale, and our partnership with Lamborghini is a perfect example of the kind of innovation you can achieve when you fuse design, manufacturability, and engineering all into one.
Carbon’s unique subscription-based model allows for close alignment with customers’ business needs by providing regular over-the-air software updates, continuous education and training programs, and one-to-one customer service. The adidas Futurecraft 4D running shoe, Ford’s new end-use automotive parts, and Riddell’s Speedflex Precision Diamond football helmet are recent proof-points of how Carbon’s digital manufacturing platform helps companies across a range of industries re-imagine products and make what was once thought un-makeable, at scale.