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How 3D printing aided in the production of Michael Mann’s ‘Ferrari’

The production team collaborated with CRP Technology to provide 3D printed props and components essential for the film

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CRP Technology, an Italian 3D printing company, has played a pivotal role in the making of Michael Mann’s latest film, ‘Ferrari’, which was filmed in the heart of Modena, a city renowned for its automotive heritage. The film is inspired by Brock Yates’ 1991 biography, ‘Enzo Ferrari: The Man and the Machine’. It delves into the life of Enzo Ferrari, the legendary founder of the luxury sports car brand.

How 3D printing technology from CRP Technology aided in the production of props and components for Michael Mann's 'Ferrari' film.
3D printed visor for the helmet in glass fiber reinforced composite Windform GT, assembly test (on left) and helmet built, on the scene on actor and dummy (on the right).

CRP Technology, situated in the ‘Motor Valley’ near Ferrari’s headquarters, collaborated with Michael Mann’s production team to provide 3D printed props and components essential for the film. These props were crafted using CRP’s advanced Windform materials, renowned in the motorsport industry. The company’s expertise in AM allowed for the swift creation and delivery of these components.

Among the items produced were driver helmet parts, pit components, and cat’s eyes. These were intricately designed using CRP’s SLS process, -ensuring precision and authenticity. The materials used – Carbon fiber-filled Windform XT 2.0, Glass fiber-filled Windform GT, and the rubber-like thermoplastic elastomer Windform RL – were chosen for their exceptional mechanical properties and versatility.

How 3D printing technology from CRP Technology aided in the production of props and components for Michael Mann's 'Ferrari' film.
3D printed cat’s eye in rubber-like thermoplastic Windform RL with special surface effect and on the road on set.

CRP Technology’s staff played a crucial role in this collaboration, efficiently managing to produce the required parts in a short timeframe, thus supporting the film’s tight production schedule. The components were aged to fit seamlessly into the film’s narrative, showcasing CRP’s attention to detail and commitment to quality.

The film’s production team has reportedly expressed immense satisfaction with CRP Technology’s contributions, lauding their efficiency, prompt delivery, and the high quality of the 3D printed components. This partnership not only highlights CRP Technology’s capabilities in advanced 3D printing but also cements its status as a versatile and reliable partner for innovative projects, extending its reach into the dynamic realm of film production.

How 3D printing technology from CRP Technology aided in the production of props and components for Michael Mann's 'Ferrari' film.
3D printed pit part (starter motor) in Windform XT 2.0 with special surface effect.

This collaboration with Michael Mann’s ‘Ferrari’ is a testament to CRP Technology’s ongoing commitment to pushing the boundaries of industrial 3D printing and its applicability across various sectors.

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