After beginning work together in February, Carbon® and Lamborghini have expanded their partnership and will now digitally manufacture both the central and lateral dashboard air vents for the Sián FKP 37, Lamborghini’s first hybrid production car. Earlier this year, Carbon and Lamborghini produced a new textured Fuel Cap and a clip component for an air duct for Lamborghini’s Super SUV, the Urus model. This new collaboration to produce 3D-printed air vents marks a significant milestone in Lamborghini’s partnership with Carbon and, more broadly, the adoption of Carbon’s Digital Manufacturing Platform to produce parts by leading automakers.
For the Sián FKP 37, Carbon Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS™) technology combined with Lamborghini’s extraordinary design and craftsmanship resulted in cutting-edge air vents that provide comfort with an adrenaline-charged feeling of acceleration and ultimately elevating the driving experience.
After experiencing the quality and efficiency of the Carbon Digital Manufacturing Platform with the Urus, Lamborghini recognized it could transform the way many of its parts are designed, engineered, and manufactured—producing better parts, while also accelerating product development. With the Sián air vents, Lamborghini reduced its part lead time by 12 weeks by moving swiftly from design to production directly on the Carbon Platform. Time-consuming and costly tooling steps involved with traditional manufacturing were eliminated completely. Additionally, Carbon EPX 82 material was selected for the air vents given Lamborghini’s high standards for all car components. EPX 82 passed tests related to Interiors Flammability, Volatile Organic Compounds, Thermal Cycling and Heat Aging.
“With the Carbon Digital Manufacturing Platform, we were able to go from an initial concept to showing the final part on a show car in only three weeks, passing through many different design iterations to get the best result. Just three months later, we were able to move into production,” said Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer at Automobili Lamborghini.
“We wanted to give our designers and engineers the ability to produce better parts, and we can do this by leveraging Carbon DLS technology. We were also able to simplify the supply chain and reduce the time-to-market for these parts,” said Stefan Gramse, Chief Procurement Officer at Automobili Lamborghini. “Moving forward we are putting more effort and resources on using additive manufacturing technologies for production of parts for Lamborghini vehicles, and in working with Carbon, we have found a partner that shares our vision for creating best-in-class products that push the limits of what’s possible.”
Carbon is proud to partner with procurement and product teams to rapidly iterate designs, costs and adapt products in real-time using innovations in software and materials to bring to market production-quality parts in considerably reduced time.
“Lamborghini has exacting standards for quality and performance, and we are pleased to demonstrate how the Carbon Digital Manufacturing Platform makes it possible for our customers to create parts at a speed, quality, and cost not possible with other manufacturing techniques,” said Paul DiLaura, VP of Enterprise Partnerships at Carbon. “We couldn’t be prouder to expand our work with Lamborghini.”
Carbon’s partnership with Lamborghini is a combination of beauty, performance, and technology. Through this and other partnerships with leading global companies, Carbon is applying years of learnings from high-volume production in adjacent markets to manufacture durable, end-use parts for the automotive sector. Using the Carbon Platform and Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS™) technology, companies are increasingly realizing the potential to create better designs and bring innovative parts and products to market faster than previously possible.