Aftermarket carbon fiber and ECU tuning specialist 1016 Industries presents the $550,000 carbon fiber McLaren 000 720S – the first car to ever successfully integrate a completely exposed carbon-fiber exterior and 3D printed parts into a fully operational design.
The exotic car’s exterior is made up of completely exposed carbon fiber, while functional 3D printed parts are incorporated in the inner bumper structures, aerodynamic ducting and as linkages in the wing kit to help each piece function properly on the 720S. Such a combination lets the custom vehicle lose 268 lbs. when compared to the stock supercar’s weight.
Our primary goal with the 000 720S was to explore how 1016 Industries could employ the latest 3D printing and carbon fiber processes in auto design. The applications are almost endless. The new 000 prototype is the product of years of extensive field testing and design validation. It’s no secret that 3D printing presents a dynamic case for more nimble manufacturing, but the technology has also allowed our engineers to realize drastic improvements to the quality and precision of each functional part. The 000 custom represents an industry first, and while we are incredibly proud of what we achieved here, this is just the beginning. – Peter Northrop, 1016 Industries Founder
The 3D technology allows each 1016 Industries part to be precisely printed in real scale to support the lightweight carbon fiber exterior. The company made use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) initially for the custom McLaren in the prototyping stage, and then also for the completed ‘000’ that embraces state-of-the-art 3D printing as a new reality for high-end production.
Incorporating 3D printing into 1016 Industries’ production processes has been a steep learning curve because this isn’t something that can be easily applied to the automotive space. This finished 1016 Industries 000 720S is the result of thousands of hours of engineering, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the end result.
Commissioned by 1016 Industries CEO Peter Northrop as his personal car, the 000 720S demonstrates the impressive results of utilizing carbon fiber and 3D printing in exotic auto design.
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