VKV Group owner Chris Visscher is building Datsun 240Zs. This project is not only about refurbishing, but it goes one step further. In Utrecht, under his own roof, Chris is developing worlds last Datsun 240Z production line. What does he want to accomplish? In 2019, when these cars exist 50 years, he wants to put multiple cars back in the showroom in original state.
Before starting building these cars, the project focusses on remanufacturing parts. This is where we come in handy. Together with Chris we're remanufacturing car parts using 3D modelling, 3D printing, silicone moulds, laser cutting and other methods and tools.
The first few parts are already manufactured. The goal was to reproduce the parts in such a way that they looked exactly the same as the original parts. We started with producing air intakes. You can see the result in the picture below:
We started with building the 3D model. This model is used for 3D printing. To make the model we started with a 3D scan. Then we loaded the scan into our 3D software. There, we used the scan as a reference model to make a CAD model.
This CAD model is used by Oceanz (www.oceanz.eu) for producing the 3D prints. The prints are checked, and send to Bas Hesselink (www.bashesselinkindustrialdesignandprototypes.nl). Bas used these prints as a base model to create a silicone mould. This mould is used for creating +- 20 air intakes.
Right now we're working on the car mats. Again, the goal is to make the mats look exactly like the originals. We will soon update you about the results!