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Italdesign leverages Stratasys’ 3DFashion technology for latest concept vehicle

For the interior, the Climb-E used the J850 TechStyle 3D printer to print directly onto microfibers

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Italdesign, a design and engineering company, has leveraged Stratasys’ advanced 3DFashion technology to develop its recently-unveiled concept vehicle, the Climb-E. Italdesign 3D printed directly onto familiar microfibers to push the aesthetic and functional boundaries of the new concept.

Created in conjunction with Schindler and Politecnico di Torino, the new concept blends the idea of seamless travel (in three dimensions) and residence – challenging what we traditionally think of automotive, domestic, work, and entertainment spaces. Given the breadth of potential uses, the interior of the Climb-E demanded a meticulous approach to design. Therefore, Italdesign leveraged the Stratasys 3DFashion platform – including the design software and the Stratasys J850 TechStyle 3D printer – as part of a suite of innovative solutions.

Italdesign leverages Stratasys' 3DFashion technology, the J850 TechStyle 3D printer, for latest Climb-E concept vehicle. After encountering the J850 TechStyle 3D printer at Milan Design Week, Claudia Gilardi, Color Material Finishing (CMF) Designer at Italdesign, was adamant that Stratasys’ 3DFashion was exactly the technology that Italdesign needed.

Using the technology, designers can 3D print onto textiles in over 600,000 unique colors, with multiple shore values – simulating different textures and finishes. While its application for fashion apparel was immediately obvious, vehicle interiors have emerged as a relatively new area of opportunity for designers, with unique results that cannot be achieved any other way.

“When the Climb-E project was born I immediately thought that Stratasys technology would be perfect for the vehicle interiors,” said Claudia Gilardi. “Through its ability to uniquely combine transparencies and special chromatic effects, the 3DFashion technology can be used to convey a sense of real, and at the same time virtual, color. Because colors can change depending on the lighting and the point of view it is particularly able to integrate the different worlds of automotive design and fashion.”

Italdesign leverages Stratasys' 3DFashion technology, the J850 TechStyle 3D printer, for latest Climb-E concept vehicle.

The graphics on the rear horizontal backrest surfaces are covered in Alcantara – customized by a Stratasys J850 TechStyle 3D printing directly onto the microfibers, using materials compatible with approved standards.

“I see two very interesting uses for the Stratasys 3DFashion technology in automotive. Firstly, for the production of prototypes, with the reduced lead times and costs, that also brings 3D printed textures to complement standard coating materials,” said Claudia Gilardi. “Secondly, customization. For example, 3D printing onto mesh through which light can shine can create very innovative effects with backlighting – an area ripe for experimentation! In future, combining 3D printing onto textiles with embedded electronics could give novel ways of interacting with the functions of the space.”

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