Ultra-light brake pedal thanks to 3D printing from EOS
Manufacturing system not only saves a lot of weight
EOS specializes in the development of 3D printing processes. Now the Bavarian company is presenting an ultra-light sample brake pedal. And the printing process is said to offer many more advantages.
Taking weight out of a vehicle brings many benefits: Among other things, performance increases, and energy consumption also decreases. That’s why reducing weight is not only important for racing cars. The possibility of also producing components using 3D printing offers engineers completely new possibilities when it comes to lightweight designs. The company EOS (EOS Electro Optical Systems) from Krailling near Munich specializes in industrial printing of metals and plastics. Now the Bavarians are presenting a brake pedal inside which a lightweight grid structure provides stability instead of solid material.
The lattice structure is clearly visible in the printed lightweight brake pedal from EOS.
More than eleven percent weight saving
The original brake pedal was made of aluminum and weighed 190 grams. EOS printed its lattice structure variant with an EOS M 290 printer from a titanium powder (EOS Titanium Ti64). This makes the component 22 grams lighter, which still represents a weight saving of 11.6 percent. According to EOS, the lighter component is even more resilient than its aluminum predecessor.