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Spyros Panopoulos Automotive and Xjet 3D print ultra-complex engine piston

Written by Kfir Kedem – May 12, 2022

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

Although we love writing about market trends and the innovations or collaborations within them, we also love writing about unbelievable inventions. When it comes to combustion engines, arguably a dying technology, one man has made a truly remarkable product. This man is Spyros Panopoulos and he is the founder of SPA (Spyros Panopoulos Automotive). He is notable for creating the fastest-revving production car in history with a top rev count of 12,200 RPM.

He wants to make his new car, the Chaos Ultracar, go to an even further extreme. To do so, Panopoulos used a very unique method of designing the piston by the way that forces act on it. The result was a piston with an incredibly complex geometry that could not be produced by traditional piston-manufacturing methods. As such, he looked towards Xjet and together they produced the first-ever ceramic 3D printed piston.

Auto Trendy’s take:

To have the first-ever 3D printed automotive piston is a great achievement on its own. Yet, the fact that the complex geometry of the component is able to withstand all the combustion forces is what is truly mind-blowing. Furthermore, using ceramic is also a bright idea as it is able to withstand higher heats than most metals, which would allow the engine to rev at even higher speeds than ever before.

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