Porsche will now be using 3D printers to keep older cars running, eliminating the cost of tooling for a conventional production run, as well as storage costs for various vintage Porsche models like the brand's first true supercar with the 959, reports Digital Trends.
While most car parts are either kept in stock or reproduced using original tooling, super rare cars such as the 1986 Porsche 959 require a different approach since only 292 were built. Now thanks to 3D printing, this new digital fabrication process allows Porsche to simply use a computer and quickly print a single example of parts such as a clutch release lever instead of producing an entire tooling mechanism to produce a small run of expensive components.
Porsche shared that it's currently 3D printing eight other parts from either steel or plastic, while also testing whether 3D printing can be used to reproduce many more components. In addition, Mercedes-Benz and Ford have already been experimenting with 3D printing to reproduce hard-to-find parts as well.
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