There’s been some fascinating advancements in the way that we build cars. One of these ways is with 3D printing. And now, Porsche is giving the concept a shot by offering a 3D-printed bucket seat.
The automaker unveiled a new option last Thursday, offering to produce racing-style bucket seats for 911 and 718 models. Part of the seat’s production, however, will be done with 3D printing technology. The seats are already available for purchase through the Tequipment program. A few months from now, the option will be added to the Porsche Manufaktur program and the online configurator.
Clearly the entire seat isn’t made with 3D printing, so what is?
Based on an existing design, the bucket seat uses a layer of 3D-printed polyurethane as an aerated cushion system. Combined with a polypropylene base, the springy structure of the materials create a soft compression while also promoting airflow. Sections of this system are visible on the sides of the seats (the red sections in the header image). Currently, they can be ordered in black, red, or yellow, though additional colors will become available next year.
Porsche offers three degrees of firmness (hard, medium, or soft), and go as far as believing the 3D printing system can allow for custom-formed seats specific to the user. Whether they will achieve this is not confirmed at this time. Beyond that, the seat is reportedly 8% lighter than previously produced models.
The seat is only available as a driver seat in the United States. International markets offer it as driver or passenger. While an official US price has not been revealed yet, it’s going for the equivalent of $3,100 in the EU.
Of all the applications of 3D printing in the automotive world, creating these complicated mesh structures for more effective cushions seems like the most effective and applicable use of the technology. Now only if it were more affordable.
Porsche to Offer 3D-Printed Bucket Seats
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