The pistons had been efficiently examined on the engine take a look at bench for Porsche’s 911 GT2 RS sports automobile, the company said in a launch. The new manufacturing course of relies on a particular aluminum alloy developed by MAHLE.
Whereas customary cast pistons have reached the boundaries of their performance potential, it’s conceivable that the ability of the 700 HP Porsche engine might be boosted by 30 HP with an related enhance in effectivity, in response to MAHLE.
“The results of the project confirm the great potential of 3D printing and demonstrate MAHLE’s particular competence in the field of high-performance small and limited runs and in relation to prototyping and aftermarket,” says Dr. Martin Berger, Head of Corporate Research and Advanced Engineering at MAHLE.
The company is implementing bionic design to save lots of materials and has the potential to make the 3D printed piston as much as 20 % lighter than its conventionally manufactured counterpart whereas rising rigidity.
“This project involved multiple challenges. From the design of the piston through the specification of the material and the development of the appropriate printing parameters, we had to make many fine adjustments to achieve the optimum result,” explains Volker Schall, Head of Product Design in Advanced Engineering at MAHLE.