CRP Technology tells the automotive story in alliance with Michael Mann

Italy-based 3D printing company CRP Technology has partnered with Michael Mann’s film production team to create 3D printed components for the upcoming film Ferrari.

Derived from Brock Yates’ seminal 1991 biography, Enzo Ferrari: The Man and the Machine, Mann’s latest film, Ferrari, meticulously delves into the visionary Italian luminary’s influence on automotive engineering and motorsports history. Scheduled for worldwide release on December 25th and already released in Italy on December 14th, this film presents a comprehensive portrait of Enzo Ferrari’s enduring influence.

The 3D printed components, including the driver’s helmet parts, pit elements and cat eyes, were produced using CRP Technology’s Windform materials and selective laser sintering (SLS). Commissioned during filming in Modena, these props played a role in enhancing the visual narrative of Enzo Ferrari’s world.

3D printed cat’s eye in rubber-like thermoplastic Windform RL with special surface before delivery (small rectangle) and on the way to the set. Photo via the Prop On-Set team.

Fueling creativity with 3D printing

Adapting the 3D components to the needs of the story involves adjusting their mathematical parameters to seamlessly integrate into scenes meeting specific requirements. Commissioned during an active shoot in Modena, CRP Technology was tasked with an immediate search for use on set in both Modena and Northern Italy. The efficient delivery of the required 3D printed parts within a short period of time, thanks to the highly skilled staff of CRP Technology, ensured strict adherence to the demanding shooting schedule.

Demonstrating the versatility of CRP Technology’s Windform composites, these 3D printed props demonstrate their adaptability, the company says. Over the years, Windform materials have been an integral part of advanced industrial sectors such as motorsports, aerospace and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Now they are proving equally suitable for high performance cinematic props. Specifically, the Windform XT 2.0 chosen for the pit parts, the Windform GT for the visor and the rubber-like Windform RL for the cat’s eye stand out for their exceptional mechanical properties.

Expressing satisfaction with CRP Technology’s contribution, the film production team praised the company for its availability, efficient production and timely deliveries. They also praised the quality of the 3D printed components, highlighting CRP Technology’s commitment to providing efficient solutions.

3D printed Windform GT fiberglass composite helmet visor before delivery. Photo via CRP technology.

CRP Technology’s Windform materials recently found application in USABS’ new bobsled design for the upcoming 2026 Winter Olympics. In partnership with the USA Bobsled/Skeleton (USABS) team, CRP USA played a critical role in supplying 3D printed functional parts, adapted for competitive bobsleds. This collaboration streamlines production, reduces the need for molds and enables rapid production of key bobsled components such as push handles, grips and seats. Windform materials, including XT 2.0 and SP, have proven effective in meeting regulations for optimal bobsled performance and athlete safety.

Has 3D printing ever been fun before?

Netflix’s stop-motion film Pinocchio by director Guillermo del Toro uses 3D printing for character heads, deviating from traditional clay molding. Mechanical heads equipped with silicone skin allow animators more control over emotions and natural movements. Leading puppet maker Richard Pickersgill introduced 3D printing to overcome the challenges of creating complex puppets, resulting in a lifelike model of Pinocchio with a 3D printed torso and metal joints.

In 2019, Adam Savage, former co-host of MythBusters, featured his 3D printed Iron Man suit on the TV series Savage Builds. Developed after San Diego Comic Con 2017, the titanium suit was a collaborative effort involving the Colorado School of Mines, EOS, Lithoz, Legacy Effects, and Gravity, of “Real Life Iron Man” fame. Made from 250 lightweight titanium parts, the suit, designed with Marvel’s permission, integrates a ceramic 3D-printed arc reactor from Lithoz. The final episode showcased the creation of the suit and a flight demonstration using Gravity’s arm-mounted thrusters.

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The featured image shows a 3D printed Windform GT fiberglass composite helmet visor, an assembly test (left) and a built helmet, on stage on the actor and mannequin (right). Photo via the Prop On-Set team.

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