3D printed seats for more comfort at Porsche

3D printed seats for more comfort at Porsche

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Porsche decided to take advantage of 3D technology to improve the seats of some of its models.

German manufacturer Porsche announces the launch of a new concept of 3D printed bucket seats. The goal is to allow the customer to choose the seat that suits him.

Porsche explains that the central part of the seat, i.e. the seat and back cushions, is partly produced by a 3D printer. Customers will be able to choose between three levels of firmness (soft, medium, hard) suited to their comfort. Porsche therefore boasts of being able to offer its customers a service close to that found in motorsport where each driver has his own adapted bucket seat. Ultimately, this seat offers a unique design, reduced weight and passive air conditioning.

This bucket seat has several supports. It thus benefits from an expanded polypropylene (PPE) base with a mixture of 3D printed polyurethane materials on top. The outer skin of the seat is in “Racetex” and has a very specific perforation pattern.

This new type of seat will first be offered to drivers of the 911 and 718 ranges from May 2020 within the limit of 40 prototypes, associated with a six-point seat belt.


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