Porsche introduces 3D-printing technology for bucket seats
New Delhi: The luxury carmaker, Porsche India on Tuesday introduced a 3D-printed body form full-bucket seat in which the seat and the backrest cushions are partly produced by a 3D Printer.
An alternative to conventional bucket seat upholstery, the personalized seat will be offered in three firmness levels (hard, medium or soft) follows the design principles and rationale of driver-specific seat fitting customary in professional motorsports, informs the release.
Porsche claims this seat comes with a lower weight, improved comfort, and passive climate control.
“The seat is the interface between the human and the vehicle and is thus important for precise, sporty handling. That’s why personalised seat shells customised for the driver have been standard in race cars for a long time now,” says Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development at Porsche.
The “3D-printed body form full-bucket seat” is based on the lightweight full-bucket seat from Porsche and features a sandwich construction. Base support made from expanded polypropylene (EPP) is bonded to a breathable comfort layer comprised of a mixture of polyurethane-based materials made using additive manufacturing, otherwise known as 3D-printing.
The outer skin of the concept seat is made from “Racetex” and features a specific perforation pattern for climate control. Window panels provide a view of exposed coloured components in the 3D-printed lattice structure.
The 3D-printed body form full-bucket seat will be available from Porsche Tequipment as a driver’s seat for the 911 and 718 ranges from as early as May 2020.