Auto race teams face the tightest product development schedules of any business. During race season, teams often have just a few days to fix a problem identified in the previous race. They need to create a new design, 3D print a prototype, validate its performance, fabricate a part, and install in on the car in time to be shipped to the next weekend’s race. So it should come as no surprise that race teams are leading the way in the use of direct digital manufacturing (DDM) to produce parts for racing vehicles.
"Motor Trends: Additive manufacturing drives production of race-ready cars" is a Stratasys white paper that discusses the use of FDM additive manufacturing to produce race-ready parts. In the second excerpt Design Engineer Brian Levy explains why Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) will produce 225 carbon monoxide (CO) filter housings for the race reason:
Levy explained that the CO filter housing was additively manufactured with polycarbonate (PC) material, which JGR selected for its ability to withstand 200 °F (93 °C) temperatures over a four-hour race. The optimized housing design leverages FDM’s ability to reduce weight to the bare minimum. “It is a design that would be very difficult and time consuming to CNC machine,” said Levy.
View or download the complete "Motor Trends: Additive manufacturing drives production of race-ready cars" white paper.
View the first excerpt previously posted the week of May 28th.