Bugatti has plenty to boast about when it comes to their cars and now the company is announcing another world's first: a brake caliper that's 3D printed from titanium. The eight-piston monobloc brake caliper is not only the first of its kind, it's also the largest in the automotive industry and is the first of its kind to be made of titanium. The company needed some of the best titanium they could get their hands on so they sourced an alloy that is also used in aerospace applications to meet its criteria.
Development of the caliper requires 45 hours of printing time, in which titanium powder is deposited in a series of layers and is then melted by lasers to precisely shape the material into the caliper's complex structure. It is then heated to temperatures of 1200+ degrees Fahrenheit to stabilize the material. It then undergoes another 11 hours of milling to machine the caliper's various surfaces. As for usage in production cars, Bugatti plans to evaluate the calipers for production use sometime this year.