“It is the first time in our 34-year history that we are exhibiting a full-scale car that has been entirely produced with 3D printing,” FAI President Rémi Depoix said. “Yamamoto’s concept car demonstrates immense creativity. We were keen to support this project and present the car almost as a piece of art, very much like a sculpture. I am very impressed with this new technology. It opens up new opportunities in terms of creativity and design for the automotive industry.”
Yamamoto is the designer of the GT by Citroen and a former designer at the PSA Peugeot Advanced Design Studio.
Paris-based Marie 3D identified that 3D printing was the only feasible production method for implementing the concept car due to its capability to produce complex and creative geometry forms. Traditional manufacturing methods, including CNC routing, would have proven limited in terms of realizing Yamamoto’s vision.
Furthermore, 3D printing turned out to be more cost-effective, having a faster production speed and less waste production.
The car has been 3D printed on Marie 3D’s Massivit 1800 large format 3D printer.
The design incorporates a core body that represents and “protects” the inner Bowie while the intricate, outer body is designed with different looks from various perspectives in homage to the singer’s chameleon-like personality. Crystals were chosen to reflect the purity of Bowie’s lyrical and musical message.
“This was an exciting challenge combining a work of art with a prototype. We especially enjoyed the fact that this is the first project that has allowed us complete creative control, independent of serving a car manufacturer,” Marie 3D’s Managing Director Philippe Marie said. “We embarked on the project to demonstrate the capabilities of our Massivit 3D printer in terms of size, speed and reliability. This technology provides a faster and significantly more cost-effective alternative to the conventional processes, supports design creativity, geometric freedom and smoother production.”
“This project highlights how Massivit 3D’s large format 3D printing technology facilitates fresh opportunities for scale 1:1 concept prototyping and is sure to fuel the imagination of tomorrow’s car designers and manufacturers,” added Amir Veresh, VP business development and marketing at Massivit 3D.
Industrial designer Cyrille Ancelly worked on bringing Yamamoto’s dream to life by developing the design and transforming the concept into a 3D model. CG artist Alexandre Larnac turned the concept car’s screen-based 3D model into realistic renderings and animations giving the impression that the car was actually driving on the road whilst keeping the artistic inspiration of David Bowie’s spirit.