For the Sintesi study commissioned by Italian design and engineering company and coachbuilder Pininfarina, Materialise NV produced components using 3D printing.
Materialise NV knows details of the automotive future today. The company, based in Leuven, Belgium, regularly produces parts for car prototypes using a highly innovative process: 3D printing. This consists of sending the data used to computer-generate an object to a special printer. It works in a similar way to an ink jet printer but it sprays plastic instead of ink. And so, layer by layer, this printer produces a three-dimensional replica of the computer-generated object.
The automotive industry uses this fast, flexible and cost-efficient technology to build prototypes. With the help of its printers, Materialise NV can even produce the most complex shapes, such as bumpers, dashboards or door panels. To complete the authentic look of these components, they are then painted to look like the real thing. And for this step of the process Materialise NV swears by Standoblue, the waterborne paint system that Standox launched in 2010.
First-class product characteristics and simple, straightforward application are two of the benefits that Standoblue offers.
Standoblue is a system that set standards, thanks to its exceptional characteristics. Among the benefits of Standoblue are brilliant colours, outstanding finishes as well as colour accuracy that can be achieved at any time. Special pigments not only guarantee a clear and beautiful paint finish, but also tens of thousands of mixable colours and colour shades. But the most practical advantage that Standoblue offers, backed up by reports from many bodyshops, is its simple and straightforward application.
The system is robust and forgiving. Changing climatic conditions, varying spray guns and individual styles of different refinishers won’t affect the results. Even if dust inclusions or application mistakes occur, they can be corrected quickly and with little effort. “Standoblue is a quantum leap in paint technology,” one bodyshop owner says. And that’s why several thousand bodyshops around the world now rely on this innovative paint technology from Wuppertal, Germany.