For the first time, Porsche has produced the complete housing of an e-drive using 3D printing. True to the motto "lighter, stiffer, more compact," the motor-transmission unit produced using the additive laser-melting process passed all quality and load tests without any problems.
Porsche, its management and IT consulting subsidiary MHP and the insurance group Munich Re have founded the so-called FlexFactory in order to make small series of all kinds of different products in the manufacturing industry more flexible and cost-effective in the future.
Recently, Mahle has succeeded in producing high-performance aluminum pistons using 3D printing as part of a cooperation with Porsche and Trumpf. The printed pistons successfully passed the test on the engine test bench. The highlight: it is conceivable that the power of the 700 HP Porsche engine could be boosted by 30 HP with an associated increase in efficiency.
While other car shows are struggling with cancellations, the aisles of the Auto Shanghai are bursting at the seams. German manufacturers in particular do not want to leave the field to the growing Chinese car manufacturers.
Volkswagen is converting its plant in Zwickau/Mosel: It will be the group’s first plant to exclusively manufacture electric vehicles in large numbers. Other OEMs produce models with combustion engine and electric drive on one line. What strategies are behind it?
The increased use of die cast aluminum components in the Porsche 911 Cabriolet enables more efficient production. This not only reduces the weight of the component, but also eliminates the need for relevant production steps.