British automotive tech company Carbon Performance recently ‘grew’ a variety of 3D printed brake calipers for various car applications on its proprietary automated intelligent platform called SK3L370N™ to demonstrate its capabilities. The platform automatically grows or generates next-generation, future-proof, 3D printed, environmentally sustainable auto parts layer-by-layer in seconds using self-taught algorithms without any human intervention.
The 3D printed brake calipers are a significant milestone in the platform’s capabilities to automatically generate entire cars part-by-part on the cloud, based on automakers’ tailored requirements.
The face of Mobility is changing rapidly with electric cars growing at 59% and autonomous cars growing at 37%, but in order to accelerate the move towards sustainable transportation, more companies, especially SMEs and start-ups need to start developing and building the cars of tomorrow.
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But it is almost impossible for smaller companies to get into the automotive industry, given that it takes £100s of millions and in most cases £billions to develop and build cars. SK3L370N™ is an automated one-stop ecosystem that empowers and enables SMEs and start-ups to develop and build the cars of tomorrow without the need for prohibitive costs, human capital, resources, time, and infrastructure requirements.
Gilbert Peters, CTO of Carbon Performance commented, “ Carbon Performance is truly democratising the automotive industry making it accessible for automakers of all sizes from giants to independent start-up teams to develop the cars of tomorrow. I believe that it is the ripe time that the potential of Additive Manufacturing and Digitalisation is realised in the automotive and the wider transportation industry.”
SK3L370N™ generated brake calipers for various automotive applications such as Porsche GT3RS, Ferrari 812, Lotus Elise, and Tesla Model S. The 3D printed calipers exhibited the following properties:
1. Radically ultra-lightweight
2. Increased strength and stiffness
3. Improved performance
4. Reduced fuel consumption in fuel-powered cars
5. Increased range in electric cars (16km extra range per charge in Tesla
6. Future-proof (instantly adaptable to autonomous cars)
7. Dramatically cuts down CO2 emissions
Carbon Performance will be launching an entirely 3D printed electric autonomous car platform by early 2020 to showcase the complete autonomy capabilities of SK3L370N™.