Bentley Motors has been at the forefront of using 3D printing and additive manufacturing as key parts of their design and engineering process. Bentley takes elements from their standard manufacturing processes, scales them down to models and now, they’re building parts for full-scale concept cars.
Last February we broke the news that the company had been using 3D printing to fabricate 1/3rd scale models of their vehicles using Stratasys 3D printers. Now it appears that Bentley has stepped things up a bit further.
The founders of Bentley Motors, Walter Owen Bentley and his brother, Horace Millner Bentley, once made their living selling French cars during the years before World War I, but their ultimate goal was to design and build a line of cars of their own, and by 1921, Bentley Motors Ltd. produced their first automobile. It featured a motor designed by a former member of the Royal Flying Corps, and the ensuing line of cars became synonymous with understated luxury and precise attention to detail and craftsmanship.
The design for the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car at the Geneva Motor Show is both a harbinger of things to come and a demonstration of the impact additive manufacturing will have on the future of how high performance sports and sedans will be built. … (read more)