The winner is the Benjamin Nenert, Porsche designer and technician.
Benjamin Nenert, designer and specialised technician at Porsche, is the winner of the 2019 edition of the Weerg 3D printing project award, the social contest opened in early April. ‘Among the many nominations received on our Facebook and Instagram pages, we have chosen to award this project because it represents an example of simple creativity, as well as an intelligent integration of 3D and CNC technologies,’ said Matteo Rigamonti – founder of weerg.com, the platform which offers CNC and 3D machining online.
The Weerg Award, designed to promote a culture of innovation and experimentation in design manufacturing, has certainly stimulated the imagination, as well as the competitiveness, of many users, including designers, engineers and specialised operators like Benjamin, who has already been using the platform for over a year to arrange work for his activities. ‘I discovered Weerg on Facebook, a very innovative service,’ said Benjamin. ‘I used it several times to print in 3D, both prototypes and final products. The prices are competitive compared to traditional services, moreover, I really appreciate the online quote system in real time, its easiness of use and the speed of delivery.’
Benjamin lives in France where he has a double activity: his main occupation as a Porsche technician, specialised in diagnostics and important repairs of the newest models; in his ‘free time’ he manages his own activity ‘Ben Auto Design’which offers repair and refurbishment of vintage Porsches through design manufacturing of modernised components.
Benjamin's 2019 Weerg Award winning project is a component of a 1983 Porsche engine that he is restoring. It is the first time a piece like this has been made with 3D printing, he said. ‘It is a very important component because it will allow you to extract more power from the engine by converting it to a more modern electronic management system. I could also have tried to modify the original part, but it would have taken a long time, with a very bad result for the performance I was aiming for. The 3D printed part has all the requirements I was looking for: perfect design, heat resistance up to 100 °C and sturdiness,’ explained Benjamin.
He points out that the 3D printing offered by Weerg has reached levels of quality that allow not only the prototyping but the industrialisation of parts that can be produced in series.
How will he use the €500 voucher from Weerg? The restoration of the Porsche 928 is a very long and ambitious project that will require, in addition to time, many small pieces that Benjamin intends to design and then produce, using the additive manufacturing service at weerg.com.