3D printing allows Porsche to create obscure parts for classic cars

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    Three-dimensional printing is poised to revolutionize manufacturing and production processes. It's also excellent news for owners of vintage cars in need of pretty obscure parts. Porsche Classic announced on Monday that it now has the ability to 3D print parts that may no longer be available.

    Tests began with a release lever for the clutch of the Porsche 959, a car that hasn't been offered since 1993. Manufacturing small quantities of the part would be tremendously expensive for the brand, and it would require either the original machinery or reproductions of the machinery and a delicate process to produce the part again. However, a 3D printer capable of a selective laser melting process produced the part with ease. Furthermore, the component passed Porsche's stringent quality and mechanical tests with flying colors.

    Porsche Classic, which currently produces a range of 52,000 parts for owners, performed a pressure test on the clutch release lever, and it showed no internal faults with a load of more than 3 tons. Practical tests also showed the part performed as intended up to OEM quality standards.

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