McLaren officially extended its partnership with Stratasys, Alfa Romeo Sauber just purchased five new 3D printers from 3D Systems and now even Ferrari, perhaps the most legendary team in Formula 1, and one or the most loved Italian brands, revealed in an article published on the Renishaw blog that their racing department, have two metal additive manufacturing systems from the UK manufacturer for fast part production.
Ferrari has always produced both the body and einge of the car. For many years it was the only team to do so. Now Mercedes also makes both body and engine of its cars and the German brand has literally dominated for the past five years, with no one even coming close. Although it has never been officially confirmed, many rumors indicated that the German team’s dominance was strictly related to heavy use of fast AM production. This would not be so far out, as the Daimler Benz group is one of the primary first adopters of AM technologies and Germany is leading the metal AM hardware sectors with several German system manufacturers such as EOS, Concept Laser (now GE), SLM Solutions, Trumpf and more.
According to the article, the Scuderia Ferrari team chose additive manufacturing machines to make some of its more challenging, metal, engine components. Ferrari’s first place in the current championship shows that the results on the track have definitely improved since. While Italian metal system manufacturers, like Sisma and recently established 3D4Steel, currently offer only a limited selection of machines, Ferrari turned to Renishaw and definitely put up a much better fight last year. Now Ferrari’s main driver, Sebastian Vettel, is actually leading in the World Championship standings.
In fact, the real competition in F1 is how fast teams can improve and develop the engine and the car over the course of a season. Mercedes has been amazing at this, now Ferrari is stepping up its game.