Porsche America Roadster Windshield Frame Redesign
Joe Cavaglieri, noted master craftsman of vintage racing car restoration, came to Emory Motorsports with a windshield project. He was tasked with redefining the windshield aesthetics of a 1952 Typ 540 Porsche America Roadster. He asked if we could apply our 'digital know-how' to refine the A-pillars with more graceful lines, something much more fluid like the rest of the Roadster's body. We began by 3-d scanning the existing A-pillars, center post and cowl channel. Ultimately, our CAD files were machined from solid aluminum billet to make an all-new windshield frame.
During our design process, we used 3D Systems' QuickParts service to source a 3d-printed prototype of the initial A-pillar design which we showed to the customer. This SLA part proved a useful tool and ultimately yielded the final design which we committed to machining once our client had approved of the revisions. This process is documented here at 3D Systems -->