Massivit 3D has teamed up with Streetfighter LA, producers of wide body kits and auto parts, to demonstrate rapid prototyping capabilities for large car body parts at this week's SEMA trade show in Las Vegas – venue of Avery Dennison’s Wrap Like A King global final.
The new Streethunter Designs 2020 Supra MK5 Widebody Kit will be unveiled at the MagnaFlow booth at SEMA, the world’s premier automotive specialty products trade event, taking place November 5-8th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The wide body kit was designed following a collaboration between Streetfighter LA, car aficionado TJ Hunt, and renowned designer and renderer Jon Sibal.
Over 16 parts were 3D printed in just 64 hours on a Massivit 1800 Pro 3D printer at BCT Entertainment and finished by SOS Customz, including all body panels, the front lip, and the dynamic rear wing. The large printing volume of the 3D device also enabled pieces such as the front lip and rear spoiler to be printed in a single part, up to 5 feet (1.524 metres) long.
A key factor in choosing Massivit 3D technology was its printing speed which allows for production of large, scale one prototypes, eradicating the need to assemble multiple small parts. This enables the workflow from design through CAD, 3D printing, and exhibition launch to be dramatically faster than any traditional automotive prototyping methods such as cardboard, clay, or foam. The availability of two print heads on Massivit 3D printing solutions allows for parallel production of two prototype parts and in terms of the design and development process, multiple iterations can be rapidly and easily created, meaning a significant reduction in time to market.
“3D printing is a great innovation and it is something that, I think, the industry is definitely going to be leaning towards in the future,” said TJ Hunt. “Since Massivit 3D can print on such a large scale, they are really pushing the envelope on what the industry will start seeing here in the future. It is only a matter of time before we start seeing some really inspiring stuff beyond the wide body kit that was printed for this show.”
Kevin Sykes, president of North America at Massivit 3D, said: “Massivit 3D is reimagining the process and speed of prototyping for the wide body part aftermarket and is excited to partner with Streetfighter LA and TJ Hunt on this unique, game-changing endeavour. In a space where it’s all about time to market, Massivit 3D is making it possible for designers to go from concept to fabrication in literally days instead of weeks, at a fraction of the cost. As an added bonus, multiple iterations can also be tested before making the final mould for prototypes and kits, saving literally thousands in tooling costs, and dramatically reducing the time to market.”
View the finished launch video here https://youtu.be/Z6kENHQinkc