Lamborghini, an Italian brand and manufacturer of exclusive super sports cars based in Sant’Agasta Bolognese, Italy, is the latest automotive company to adopt 3D printing technology for its production process. The company is working with Carbon to more efficiently produce lightweight end-use parts.
Lamborghini Urus Fuel Cover Cap digitally manufactured in EPX 82 epoxy resin.
Lamborghini’s first production parts using Carbon’s technology are a new textured fuel cap with the Urus label and a clip component for an air duct. Both parts are on Lamborghini’s Super SUV, the Urus model, which was first introduced in 2018 and one of the world’s fastest SUVs with a price tag of around $200,000.
To produce the parts, Lamborghini will use Carbon’s 3D printer and Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology, which uses light and oxygen to rapidly produce products from a pool of resin. Lamborghini is also in close collaboration with Volkswagen’s Electronic Research Lab to redesign many of the parts in its vehicle interior, mirror assembly, and accessory components to produce light-weight, durable, end-use parts.
Lamborghini Urus clip component for an air duct digitally manufactured in EPX 82 epoxy resin.
“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.”
A number of companies are adopting 3D printing methods to reduce the time required for prototyping. For instance, 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 3D printing helps companies across a range of industries re-imagine products and make what was once thought un-makeable, at scale.