In several videos, the YouTube channel “Street Bandito” shows the use of 3D printing for the production of carbon fiber body parts for an electrically converted Datsun 240Z uses.
Datsun 240Z is a classic sports car from Nissan. The “Street Bandito” team is using technology from Tesla to 3D print body parts for the sports car. The team digitally designed the parts and then manufactured them in parallel using multiple 3D printers. The segments are then bonded and the seams machined. According to the team, this has significantly reduced manufacturing time.
One advantage of 3D printing is the ability to directly integrate structures such as vents and struts. The accuracy of fit between different parts, such as doors and fenders, is also very high thanks to digital design, they say.
After the plastic parts are printed, they are reinforced with carbon fiber fabric and resin. The fabric can be precisely embedded into the part mold thanks to 3D printing. According to the team, the combination of 3D printing and fiber composite enables a whole new level of lightness and strength.