Race team Andretti Autosport is using Stratasys 3D printers to produce parts for its cars.
Andretti, which enters IndyCar, Indy Lights, Rallycross and Formula E, will use Stratasys’s Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology and materials across all of its racing platforms.
A Stratasys F370 and Fortus 450mc machine have been installed at Andretti’s Indianapolis headquarters, where they are being used to investigate which parts of their cars can be made using 3D printing. The machines are being used for both design and production of parts.
Andretti Autosport chief operating officer Rob Edwards said, “We have been looking for the right partner to add 3D capability to our design and development activities for a while now.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to establish a relationship with Stratasys. Since the machines were commissioned, they have been operating at capacity and we look forward to seeing the benefits of our expanded capability on the race-track in 2019.”
FDM is the most widely-used form of 3D printing and uses thermoplastics, which are heated to melting point and build up an object layer-by-layer.
Pat Carey, senior vice president at Stratasys, said, “We see that Stratasys High Performance FDM solutions are being increasingly adopted by the world’s top motorsports teams and manufacturers. We believe that our highly reliable engineering grade printers and wide choice of high-performance materials are the perfect fit for the extreme challenges our motorsport customers face.”