AD Tramontana, a Barcelona-based automobile manufacturer, collaborated with Eceleni, a 3D printing bureau (and fellow Catalonian company), in order to create 3D printed parts for its latest vehicles. Dashboard components and wiper shafts are included in these 3D printed car components.
The Tramontana sports car, inspired by both Formula One vehicles and jet fighters, has come a long way since its launch at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. However, in case you have never heard of the car or its Spanish maker, it’s probably because only 12 get manufactured each year. This annual dozen were all the same in the beginning, however, now each customer gets a big say in how their personal Tramontana Car is created, with the company able to provide the desired triptych of quality, rarity, and total customization.
Additive manufacturing technologies have been embraced by AD Tramontana now to shift its level of bespoke production up a gear, which lets it develop completely unique components for each car it manufactures. The carmaker has teamed up with fellow Barcelona company Eceleni, a 3D printing bureau that deploys Stratasys PolyJet 3D printers in order to offer a rapid prototyping service for the local community, and has also struck a deal with 3D Kreator, a Polish 3D printer manufacturer. Now, AD Tramontana has started manufacturing several 3D printed car parts for the next generation of Tramontana luxury vehicles via these two additive manufacturing experts.
Furthermore, AD Tramontana is so dedicated to provide bespoke options to its customers that it actually runs a separate company, Wild Wind Cars, to deal with that aspect of production. Wild Wind, with the help of Eceleni and 3D Kreator, has produced 3D printed dashboard components, 3D printed windscreen wiper shafts, and even 3D printed internal components. Several parts among these components are just prototypes; however, the company also aims to 3D print end-use parts.
An engineer at AD Tramontana, Dani Martín, said that 3D printing “allows you to gain a lot of time, accelerate the manufacturing process, and ensure that everything will be correct.”
A large amount of people consider 3D printing a method of decreasing the cost of vehicle maintenance in the future, offering drivers and mechanics a means of fabricating one-off parts themselves instead of purchasing costly components from the car manufacturers. Moreover, additive manufacturing could be used to localize car production, with rising companies like Divergent 3D arguing that simplified, modular vehicles could be created almost anywhere, cutting out significant transport costs from the auto industry.
However, AD Tramontana is not really worried about saving money as the company’s customized vehicles cost around half a million euros, and 3D printing is being used to add extra touches of luxury to its already lavish cars.