Main 3D printer OEM Stratasys has introduced the Efficiency Companion Program which connects auto racing, aggressive crusing and supersonic journey groups leveraging additive manufacturing.
As a part of this program, the corporate has additionally facilitated the Efficiency Companion Summit in Speedway, Indiana, the place the companions can collaborate on aggressive purposes of FDM expertise. Pat Carey, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development at Stratasys, said:
“We’ve all seen a 3D printed helmet right here, a bicycle seat there. However by no means earlier than has there been a targeted, collaborative group of the who’s who of those industries – devoted to advancing the usage of additive manufacturing throughout these high-performance environments. That’s…till now.”
The Efficiency Companion Program and Summit
Presently, the Efficiency Companion Program consists of 11 companions. This consists of the American skilled racing group, Crew Penske, and Don Schumacher Racing (DSR), in addition to Colorado-based aerospace firm Growth Supersonic.
The remaining companions are Andretti Autosports, Joe Gibbs Racing, McLaren Autosports, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, American Magic, Jay Leno’s Storage, Kindigit Design, and SEMA Storage.
Based on Carey, the Efficiency Companion Summit permits for a “formal atmosphere of collaboration as companions discover superior approaches to get quicker, develop into extra aggressive, and go farther than ever earlier than.” Right here, the members showcased the assorted purposes of 3D printing to create hole composite and excessive energy elements in addition to forming instruments. This was executed with supplies equivalent to FDM ULTEM 9085 and Stratasys ST-130 sacrificial tooling filament, and FDM Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber.
Crew Penske used carbon-fiber-filled Nylon 12 to supply facet view mirrors housing for every of their Cup Collection drivers. Photograph through Stratasys.
FDM creates a aggressive edge
Lately, Growth Supersonic prolonged its partnership with Stratasys to additional speed up the adoption of additive manufacturing for flight by using Stratasys’ Plane Interiors Answer (AIS) package deal alongside the F900 3D printer.
Previous to this, Crew Penske introduced additional tooling collaborations with the corporate with the usage of the Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Version (CFE) industrial 3D printer and the F900. DSR and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsport additionally built-in the Fortus 450mc and F370 3D printers to speed up design iterations, workflows, and remaining half manufacturing.
For aggressive crusing, the New York Yacht Membership, American Magic is leveraging the Fortus 450mc, to 3D print high-speed, lightweight manufacturing elements for every of its vessels. Carey continued, “Every [team] is maximizing the usage of FDM to match excessive design and manufacturing necessities.”
“Our companions are converging not solely to discover how every is capitalizing on additive manufacturing, however to get a more in-depth have a look at key purposes and merchandise to make additive manufacturing much more highly effective.”
Composite half tooling developed utilizing Stratasys 3D printing for the Growth Supersonic XB-1 plane. Picture through Stratasys.
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