Porsche has upped their quality game, if that is even possible, by quite literally 3D printing their pistons, but why do it?
3D printed pistons are now a thing, and are proving to be one of the best you can get.
Typically, there are three methods of development for pistons. Each proves to be beneficial in one way or another, whether it be cost-effective to manufacture, or highly durable.
To make pistons, you can either cast them, forge them or machine them into the shape you want. But, regardless of the method, each piston has to be able to withstand heat that exceeds 300 degrees Celsius, an incredibly high motion per minute, and a colossal amount of force! Any defect in its manufacturing can cause the piston to fail and put an end to the life of your engine.
Porsche have developed an alternative, and quite a high-tech, way of making pistons. They use a specialised method, called metal laser fusion, where the pistons are quite literally precision made by a 3D printer that uses over 1,200 layers to make 1 single piston.
Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel, Donut Media, on 3D Printed Pistons Are Changing The Game.
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