Porsche offers for some of its cars new type of seats. Thanks to the Volkswagen Group investigation on 3D printing technology, now we can see performance seats that are built based on 3D printing.
The first step of developing this kind of seats, was testing by Porsche drivers. Then Porsche made the final changes and adjustments and prepared the bucket seats for the market. They are now available with some extra money for various Boxster, Cayman, and 911 models. And later from February, the real 3D printed seats from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur will come. They will be applied on Porsche online new car configurator.
Actually, Porsche is very proud of its new product design. The main characters of these seats are, central skeleton is produced by 3D printers, the central section has the cushion and backrest using same technology, three rigidity grades are available, and the last not the least it can be customized with the customers specific needs.
At the IAA mobility show in Munich this year, we also saw Mission R Concept. that vehicle had the same seats with this technology too. Actually, using adaptable seats is not a new thing in motorsport cars, but we see it on some regular cars now. Porsche test driver, Lars Kern, says:
“Now Porsche also offers road-approved customization with different rigidity grades as standard. During the initial test drives, I was impressed by the ergonomics – the slightly lower seat position and improved thigh support are similar to what you get from the seat in a racing car. The passive ventilation is impressive too."
So, 3D printed bucker seats are now for the all Porsche models. And also, this German carmaker promised to change the seats of the cars that are already delivered this year. Its also possible to change the passenger seats with the 3D printed buckets seats.