BMW applies additive manufacturing tech to its new-gen engines

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BMW M has expanded its high-performance line-up with the arrival of a newly developed six-cylinder engine. Forming the heart of the X3M and X4M models, the 515ps unit is one of the company’s first to utilize 3D printing in its production.

The cylinder head core is manufactured using 3D printing technology, enabling geometric forms to be created that are beyond the capability of conventional metal casting techniques. This cuts the weight of the cylinder head core and enables its coolant ducts to be routed in a way that optimizes temperature management.

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Sam joined the UKi Media & Events automotive team in 2017. Having started out as assistant editor for a number of titles including Engine + Powertrain Technology International, Automotive Testing Technology International and Professional Motorsport World, he was appointed editor of E+PTI in 2020. Sam produces content for both the magazine and website.

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