Monday, 15 June 2015

Stimulating Development with Stratasys 3D Printing

Koenigsegg realised that having a 3D printer onsite would speed up the prototyping process and therefore the development of its cars. After evaluating all printers available on the market and judging each one on performance, available materials, price and size, Koenigsegg purchased a Dimension SST 1200es printer. When asked about the merits of utilizing 3D Printing, Christian von Koenigsegg, founder and CEO at Koenigsegg Automotive AB, had high praise for the Stratasys machine.



Manufacturing and assembling each of the components of a Koenigsegg car is very labour intensive as more than 300 carbonfibre parts make up each high-tech supercar. The best method of designing a new car is to test the parts virtually and as true-to-life prototypes. By testing throughout the development cycle, Koenigsegg’s designers can determine which designs yield the best possible results. The team of six starts the development process by designing each individual part on its CAD system. They then ‘print’ a high density plastic model of each component to carry out various testing scenarios. If changes to the part are required, they can be made manually and then scanned from the altered model component. This scan is then used to make a new CAD model, which can be printed again for further testing. Read more >>