Here at Systems 3D, our industrial 3D printing equipment allows us to create a wide range of different solutions, including 3D printed car parts. We’re proud to work with a wide range of industries, including the automotive sector. Recently, we teamed up with the Lagonda Owners Club to help them keep the historic cars on the road.
About Lagonda Autos
Lagonda Autos were founded by the late Wilbur Gunn who was an American born in 1860 and brought up in Springfield, Ohio in the District of Lagonda (Ough Ohonda). In his adulthood he moved to Staines, England in 1891 where he set up the Lagonda Engineering Company in 1899 initially producing motorised bicycles, graduating via tri-cars to bigger cars. Over 1000 Lagondas still exist, many of which are actively used for touring and competition. Many members use their cars regularly and enthusiastically, and join in the diverse selection of events throughout the world which are organised or energetically supported by the Club.
According to the The Lagonda Owners Club website, the club was founded in 1933 with the aim to maintain the tradition of a famous British marque and to organise a varied programme of motoring activities for the members of the Club to enjoy. In addition, the club adopted an active program to ensure its members continued and easy access to commonly needed Lagonda spares.
Reproducing car parts
As time passes by, many of the original spares and their technical documents used to produce the components can become lost or archived. In turn, the highly desired spares for the moving pieces of history become either extinct or harder to source. In order to keep the cars on the road, the parts need to be re-designed, re-engineered, and reproduced – normally at a very hefty price tag. However, with Systems 3D’s expertise and technical experience, this does not have to be the case.
Industrial 3D printing equipment
With our industrial 3D printing equipment, we can reproduce automotive parts that would otherwise be incredibly hard to source. 3D printing, 3D scanning, and design processes lend well to these situations. With our 3D technology, a component that is hard to get or is even the last known component on earth can be 3D scanned, reversed engineered, and then reproduced.
3D printing spare parts for cars
A very active member of the club, Steve Huckvale, contacted Systems 3D enquiring whether Systems 3D had the capability to back-engineer components. As one of the country’s leading experts in 3D systems, the resounding answer was YES. The Lagonda Club provided Systems 3D with an impeller, which was the only remaining decent quality and fundamental casting of the impeller left. We back engineered the impeller into a 3D model, which then could be 3D printed and used to create moulds for investment casting.
The model was printed in an ASA material – an engineering thermoplastic which is resilient and multi-functional. ASA is very popular for many engineering applications including investing casting, tools, jigs, testing fixtures, injection mould tooling, die components, and prototypes.
3D file producing
A combination of the original impeller and the last remaining casting were used to create a digital 3D file. Once this file was created, using our highly accurate industrial 3D printing equipment we then produced a full 3D model. The models are used to make silicone moulds that will help to create wax models to be used in the investment casting process. Metal Elvis can also print in materials that can be used directly in the investment casting process in lieu of wax models. This method eliminates several steps in the investment casting process
Contact us today
If you would like to find out more about our industrial 3D printing equipment or for more information on 3D printed automotive parts, head to our website today. Alternatively, you can call +44 (0)1926 511 090 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.
If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on 3D scanning services.