This eight-piston monobloc brake caliper developed by Bugatti is the world’s first brake caliper to be produced by 3-D printer(Credit: Bugatti) The name Bugatti is associated with bleeding-edge motor cars rather than 3D printing, but the automaker has announced it has produced a new brake caliper that is not only the largest in the motor industry, but is the largest component to be printed from titanium alloy. The product of a joint effort by the Bugatti Development Department and Laser Zentrum Nord in Hamburg, the eight-piston monobloc brake caliper may one day lead to auto components that combine superior performance with faster, cheaper production. The development of hypercars like the Bugatti Veyron and Chiron may be pushing the envelope of automotive performance, but it’s also forcing the development of vehicle components and the materials used to make them. One example is the brake design used on the Chiron, the calipers for which are the largest installed in any production car and were designed using bionic principles. They’re forged from high-strength aluminum alloy and contain titanium pistons – eight for the front brakes and six for the rear. The new calipe...