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Bentley is now 3D printing parts, and throwing big money behind it

by | Feb 24, 2022 - 7:00AM | Cars

Bentley is investing $4 million to manufacture 3D printed parts.

The British manufacturer recently shared details of the multimillion dollar investment to double down on what they call ‘Additive Manufacturing’.

The luxury brand now has a state-of-the-art facility used to 3D print as many as 15,000 components in 2021 alone, including disc brakes and even the Flying B bonnet ornament.

The British manufacturer is the latest to join the trend which is allowing brands to simplify and accelerate the manufacturing process of components they would otherwise have to outsource.

This is especially necessary in today’s market, with the ongoing supply chain crisis.

The bad news is you can’t 3D print semiconductor chips (for now), but the good news is you can still 3D print many other key components with no significant costs after the initial investment which, admittedly, is considerable.

This is a big deal.

Three million British pounds sounds like a lot, and it is, but imagine the potential benefits for Bentley if it allows them to print thousands of Flying B mascots and tens of thousands of disc brakes every year.

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