Stratasys has announced a new partnership with Andretti Autosport, a top racing team in IndyCar, Indy Lights, Rallycross and Formula E. The collaboration consists of a multi-year agreement through which Andretti will utilize Stratasys’ FDM 3D printing technology and materials to accelerate the design and development of its racing platforms.
A number of Stratasys 3D printers are already in operation at Andretti Autosport facilities, including the Stratasys F370 and Fortus 450mc models. The racing team expects the integration of AM into its workflow will speed up and improve design and production cycles.
“We have been looking for the right partner to add 3D capability to our design and development activities for a while now,” commented Andretti Autosport COO Rob Edwards. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to establish a relationship with the industry leader, 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.”
With FDM 3D printing capabilities in-house, Andretti Autosport is investigating the conversion of various racing components for 3D printing. The team joins a slew of other motorsport teams and sporting companies who have leveraged 3D printing—and specifically Stratasys 3D printing—to improve design iterations, workflows and even final part production. Other notable Stratasys partners include Formula 1’s McLaren and Nascar’s Team Penske.
“We are excited to join the Andretti Autosport family and look forward to working together in the coming years,” said Pat Carey, Senior Vice President at Stratasys. “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.”
Andretti Motorsport can be seen in action at its first IndyCar Series race of the year in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 10th. The series season continues until September with 17 rounds of competition. Hopefully we’ll get more insight into what types of parts are being 3D printed as the season begins.
This week, Stratasys also launched the new Advanced FDM feature for its GrabCAD Print software, which eliminates CAD-to-STL conversion steps, simplifying the design-to-print process.