Additive/3D Printing

Team Penske and Stratasys to bring 3D printing to racing cars

Additive manufacturing equipment company Stratasys has agreed on a new multi-year technical partnership with motorsport outfit and long-time Stratasys 3D printing user Team Penske for its NASCAR, IndyCar and IMSA SportsCar teams.

“Stratasys has consistently contributed to our ability to reach new solutions for improving our race performance ahead of the competition,” said Team Penske President Tim Cindric. “Our 3D printing strategy has always been to produce high-quality parts for our racing operations in the shortest amount of time, and the ever-evolving additive technology from Stratasys gives us confidence in our approach.”

Additive/3D Printing

Team Penske and Stratasys have worked together through five championships and more than 70 race wins since their relationship started in 2017. In that time, Team Penske has gone from two Stratasys 3D printers to four. The company now has three FDM 3D printers supporting advanced materials – a Stratasys F900, Fortus 450mc, and Stratasys F370 – primarily for tooling, fixtures, and end-use parts for cars. The team also has one PolyJet Technology-based J750 3D Printer for prototyping. All are installed at the Team Penske facility outside of Charlotte, N.C. Stratasys also supports the organisation with advisory and technical support services aided by cloud-based GrabCAD Print software.

Race teams have developed a clear understanding of how vital data is, and they have been gathering as much of it as possible as often as possible, for some time; but being able to apply that data to improving vehicle performance has been a bigger challenge.

The efficiencies gained from FDM 3D printing are clear for Team Penske, from fast turnaround time for parts to having developmental bandwidth at the ready. For example, previous options to produce composite layup tooling were limited to the team’s CNC machining technology. Now, Team Penske is largely using FDM 3D printers.

Race teams also are increasingly using 3D printed parts in the cars themselves, particularly using carbon fibre reinforced-PA12. Common 3D-printed in-vehicle parts include brackets, mounts, and applications of new designs such as the side mirrors of NASCAR cars. Performance gains are not only achieved on the racetrack; Team Penske also uses 3D printed parts for pit crew equipment.

Saving time/costs with 3D printing; new materials

Manufacturers are looking to utilise additive manufacturing to keep plants running during times of crisis. 3D printing production equipment parts locally helps save time and cost, as well as secure operations to avoid supply chain disruption.

Dutch materials firm DSM has launched Arnilene AM6002 (P), an expansion of the company’s powder portfolio for additive manufacturing.

Arnilene AM6002 (P) has food contact approval in Europe, making it ideal for applications in the food and beverage or nutrition industries, such as conveyor belt guides, sprockets, slides, dosing blocks and creepers.

With PP being used extensively in the automotive sector, Arnilene AM6002 (P) is a choice for applications such as dashboard components, interiors and many others in this sector. Additionally, the material is suitable for PP end-use parts.

To complement DSM’s recent launch of PP for fused granulate fabrication, Arnilene AM6001 GF (G), Arnilene AM6002 (P) for powder bed fusion printing is now available to manufacturers looking to utilise 3D printing while also providing a familiar material they are used to handling.


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