Bugatti Not only does it make dream cars, it also forces technology to move forward. Building the fastest cars in the world requires enormous effort at the industrial level, taking not only the mechanics to the limit, but also the materials.
That is why they innovate in more advanced ideas than the rest of the manufacturers and, specifically, they use production processes specifically to find customized solutions. The digital printing It is helping Bugatti achieve his purposes, although at the moment they are only applied in extremely rare cars to see on the street.
Unpublished processes to save a few grams
Digital printing is a promising technology for car manufacturers, but especially for those who drive a few low or very low production volumes. Currently, printing technology requires production times that are too long to be included in high-demand products, but it offers endless advantages.
You can practically get to reality any object designed virtually on a computer, which means that the applications are practically infinite. The benefits are clear: same or even higher endurance capabilities and less weight thanks to the use of less material.
We have already seen that digital printing is very present in the entire manufacturing process of the French manufacturer. The possibilities offered by the 3d print Both in plastic and metal allow to create pieces as advanced as those chiron brake calipers.
Printed by addition of titanium In 45 hours over 2,313 layers, Bugatti achieves equally strong but 40% lighter brake calipers than its aluminum counterparts, and capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 1,000 ° C.
Bugatti is now expanding the use of 3D printing in its supercars by announcing the manufacturing through this process of the heat protectors of its exhaust lines, although not in all its models. At the moment this new line is going to be applied only to the most (even more) exclusive cars of the brand.
The lucky ones are going to be the superior versions of the Chiron (Chiron Sport, Chiron Super Sport 300+ Y Chiron Pur Sport), Besides Bugatti La Voiture Noire, Bugatti Divo Y Bugatti Centodieci. In the case of the Chiron Super Sport 300+ exhaust heat shield they will save 1,179 grams compared to the one used in the conventional Chiron, which weighs 1,814 grams.
This difference is achieved by using empty spaces and playing with the thickness of the titanium, reaching a thickness of just 0.4 millimeters in some sections. A process that is performed using 400W lasers to melt 4,200 layers of titanium powder.
The final product, in addition to being light and colorful, will also be able to withstand temperatures of 650 degrees. A piece that is part of the open war against weight that, in addition, possibly helps them save manufacturing costs and incidentally expand their profit margins.