Volkswagen’s “Type 20” concept vehicle is a modern reimagining of a classic VW microbus from 1962, and a showpiece for the automaker’s next-generation technologies. VW’s designers worked with Autodesk to create several generatively-designed structural components, including a set of highly expressive cast-aluminum wheels. Those wheels needed hubcaps that drew on VW’s iconic styling while still fitting properly among the organic forms of the spokes.

The solution: print the hubcaps on a Formlabs desktop SLA 3D printer using Clear Resin, then electroplate them with a 0.004-inch-thick layer of nickel.

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