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Restoration of Porsche 928 component wins Weerg 2019 3D Printing Project Award

Weerg, an online 3D printing and CNC service provider, has announced Porsche technician Benjamin Nenert as the winner of its 2019 3D Printing Project Award. Nenert’s project of a vehicle component for the Porsche 928 was awarded the top prize by Weerg for the second edition of its 3D printing competition that opened in April, which consists of a €500 ($558) Weerg coupon.

The Weerg 3D Printing Project Award is an online social contest that invites contestants, ranging from designers, developers, and engineers, to create an innovative 3D object. with the winning design then 3D printed by Weerg using its installation of HP Multi Jet Fusion 4210 3D printers. Matteo Rigamonti, Founder of Weerg, commented:

“Among the many nominations received on our Facebook and Instagram pages, we have chosen to award [Benjamin Nenert’s] project because it represents an example of simple creativity, as well as an intelligent integration of 3D and CNC technologies.” 

Benjamin Nenert with his Porsche. Photo via Weerg
Benjamin Nenert with his Porsche. Photo via Weerg

3D printing brings vintage Porsche back to life

Benjamin Nenert is a Porsche technician living in France. He specializes in diagnostics and repairs of Porsche vehicles, and also works a second job in his spare time under his own business, “Ben Auto Design”.  For his company, he offers repairs and refurbishment of vintage Porsches by modernizing the components with design manufacturing.

Nenert’s 2019 Weerg Award winning project is the restoration of engine component within a 1983 Porsche 928 engine. The Porsche technician is using the 3D printing offered by Weerg to produce and restore the intake plenum, which he claims is the first time a piece like the vintage engine component is being made with 3D printing. Although the restoration of the Porsche 928’s 4.7-liter V8 engine is an ambitious and time consuming project, with many pieces to be designed and produced, Nenert is sure the HP MJF 4210 3D printers at Weerg will be able to provide the required properties to create a functioning intake plenum: “I could also have tried to modify the original part, but it would have taken a long time, with a very bad result for the performance I was aiming for,” explains Nenert.

“The 3D-printed part has all the requirements I was looking for: perfect design, heat resistance up to 100 °C and sturdiness.”

Porsche 928 intake plenum for its 4.7-liter V8 engine. Image via Weerg.
3D model of the Porsche 928 intake plenum for its 4.7-liter V8 engine. Image via Weerg.

Bringing out the best designers in 3D printing

Weerg, based in Italy, provides an online platform for on-demand 3D printing as well as CNC machining. Users can upload their 3D file for the desired part, and then Weerg, using its HP Multi Jet Fusion 4210 3D printers, will produce the part, or CNC machine it, and deliver it back to the customer in 5 days.

The company runs its 3D Printing Project Award is to “promote a culture of innovation and experimentation,” offering potential designers the chance to use 3D printing to bring their ideas to life. Similar initiatives have been run by other on-demand manufacturing providers, like Protolabs, which is running its Cool Idea Award design competition. Established to help creators and early-stage companies realize and innovate products, Protolabs will provide its services, including additive manufacturing, through a £50,000 grant scheme to help bring these new products to market.

Protolabs is also sponsoring our own design competition for the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards. Submit your trophy design ideas for the chance to win an Ultimaker 3 3D printer, as well as see your design become the official trophy given out at this years award ceremony.

The third annual 3D Printing Industry Awards will return on Thursday, 6th June, 2019. It is time to cast your vote and help decide this year’s winners now.

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Featured image shows 3D model of the Porsche 928 intake plenum for its 4.7-liter V8 engine.

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