Porsche offers 3D printed seats
Porsche has been experimenting with 3D printing of components for several years, and now we are starting to see some of these components coming to the market.
On Thursday, Porsche began offering a racing-style bucket seat for various 911 and 718 models, made using 3D printing.
Already extensively tested on the circuit, the seat is now available via Porsche Tequipment. And from next February it will be available through Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur and included in Porsche’s online configurator.
The seat is based on one of Porsche’s existing lightweight bucket seats, and only part of it is 3D printed. A layer of 3D printed polyurethane with a breathable design for ventilation rests on a polypropylene base to form the cushions, which are attached to a standard seat frame. The cutouts show sections of the 3D printed trellis structure that is part of each cushion and can be ordered in black, red or yellow. More colors will be added next year. The outer skin of the cushion is a grippy material known as Race-Tex.
Porsche seat 3D printed
Just like racing drivers have custom seats, Porsche believes 3D printing will make seats for individual customers possible. Initially, the seat can only be ordered with hard, medium or soft firmness levels. But as technology develops, the automaker hopes to increase the level of customization, possibly even possibly designing seats to fit an individual buyer’s body contours.
As well as offering buyers a new level of individualization, the seat would also be 8% lighter than a conventionally produced bucket seat.
Porsche has not announced availability in the United States, but in Europe the seat costs 2,677.50 euros (approximately $ 3,105).
Eligible models include the 911 of the 991 and 992 generation and the Boxster and Cayman of the 981 and 982 generation.