Bugatti is developing the world’s first 3D printed brake calipers for the introduction in his Chiron hypercar end of this year – and said that the party is the first of several new production significant progress.
Each titanium caliper is made from a single block of titanium, that is made with a 400 watt laser. Titanium powder is deposited in 2,213 layers to produce the part, which is heated to 700 degrees celsius during a 45-hour-long production process.
Bugatti claims the caliper, which is the longest drive of the gripper in production to 41 cm in length, weighs 2.9 kg, 2kg less than the aluminum caliper currently offered with the 1479bhp car. Despite the weight reduction, it is said to be more durable than the aluminum part, can withstand up to 125kg of pressure per millimeter.
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The technology used to create the new caliper comes from the motorsport and aviation. Bugatti has said that the caliper is the first of a series of potential new parties is now able to produce, thanks to the introduction of this high-tech 3D printing system.
Frank Götzke, Bugatti’s head of new technologies, has also mentioned the technology could be used in a wider Volkswagen Group. He said: “3D printing development, the Bugatti is the leader of the group.
“Each of us can and should benefit from our projects. This is part of the Bugatti role of the Group of the laboratory for high-tech applications.”
Chiron uses a quad-turbo 8.0-liter W16 engine. The £2.5 million car can hit 62mph in 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 261mph.
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