3D tech­nol­ogy

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Solid Con­cepts pro­vided 3D printed and cast ure­thane pieces for pro­to­typ­ing and pre-pro­duc­tion on Equus Au­to­mo­tive’s BASS770 sports car.

The BASS770 fea­tures 3D print­ing pro­cesses such as stere­olithog­ra­phy (SLA), fused de­po­si­tion modelling (FDM) and se­lec­tive laser sin­ter­ing (SLS).

Parts printed by Solid Con­cepts in­cluded the grille, which was man­u­fac­tured us­ing FDM. The grille was used for form, fit and aes­thetic checks on the car. SLS pieces were chromed and used through­out the car, in­clud­ing as levers for seat ad­just­ment.

Many of the cast ure­thanes were leather wrapped and used in the in­te­rior of the pre-pro­duc­tion model.

Solid Con­cepts has long of­fered a pro­pri­etary cast ure­thane process called Quan­tumCast that uses a plat­inum re­in­forced sil­i­cone tool. Dur­ing cast­ing, parts are sub­jected to a pro­pri­etary heat and vac­uum process to en­sure cast ure­thane parts are void-free.

Other 3D printed and cast ure­thane com­po­nents the firm pro­duced for the car in­cluded the in­stru­ment panel, head­light and tail­light bezels, HVAC duct­ing, glass trim panel fen­der, con­sole cov­ers, seat belt cov­ers and un­der hood com­po­nents.

The use of 3D print­ing on the BASS770 ex­em­pli­fies the tech­nol­ogy’s readi­ness for func­tional show­case mod­els, its dura­bil­ity and its adapt­abil­ity to any ap­pli­ca­tion re­gard­less of how com­plex and its vi­a­bil­ity in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try.

Solid Con­cepts pro­vides cus­tom man­u­fac­tur­ing so­lu­tions via ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing, rapid pro­to­typ­ing, CNC ma­chin­ing, cast ure­thanes, in­jec­tion mould­ing and tool­ing.

Solid Con­cepts printed parts for the Equus BASS770 sports car.

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