3D Systems and TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) are aiming to change the face of automotive engineering through a new collaboration. TMG, a wholly owned subsidiary of TOYOTA Motor Corporation, will work with the 3D printing giant to develop first-to-market manufacturing solutions, including 3D printers, materials and software, with the goal of advancing automotive design and production.
As a leading player in the motorsport sector, TMG provides a range of services to its parent company as well as to external clients from its testing and development facility in Cologne, Germany. Through the partnership agreement with 3D Systems, the motorsport company plans to demonstrate how additive manufacturing solutions can positively impact and even transform the competitive industry that is motorsport.
“In motorsport, we know that being first is what counts and we bring this same attitude to our entire business,” commented Andreas Schambach, project general manager future production technology at TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH. “We are on the cutting-edge of motorsport and want to partner with companies that are leading the way so TOYOTA can maintain its advantage. TMG has chosen 3D Systems for this partnership because they share our pioneering spirit—exhibited by the fact that they introduced the world to 3D printing. We see the unparalleled potential of combining 3D Systems’ expertise and know-how with that of TMG to create technologies and define new additive manufacturing innovations in the automotive industry.”
“TMG’s facility will become a showcase for world-class advanced digital manufacturing,” Schambach continued. “Our team of experts will complement that of 3D Systems, to develop advanced laser sintering technologies, and a portfolio of materials with improved properties to meet the rigorous demands of motorsport. We intend to use these new technologies to more quickly and efficiently create light-weight, high quality production parts for our motorsport projects, leading to competitive advantage.”
As per the partnership agreement, 3D Systems has also been named TMG’s Additive Manufacturing Machine Provider of Choice—a fairly self-explanatory title. TMG says it plans to install a variety of 3D Systems’ additive technologies at its facility, including the Figure 4 Standalone, ProX 800, sPro 60 and sPro 230 3D printers, as well as its Geomagic Design X software.
“I’m inspired by the potential of our collaboration with TOYOTA Motorsport,” said Herbert Koeck, EVP, global go to market, 3D Systems. “TMG is a known leader in their industry as 3D Systems is in ours. Bringing together our collective expertise, curiosity, and desire to bring solutions to new applications challenges will yield first-to-market technologies that have the power to redefine an industry. I look forward to the innovation we’ll bring to fruition over the course of this partnership.”
The new partners will be attending the FIA World Endurance Championship, taking place this weekend at Silverstone in England. Attendees will get the chance to see two TOYOTA GAZOO Racing cars emblazoned with 3D Systems’ logo: #7 driven by Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López and #8 driven by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley. Both Buemi and Nakajima won the World Endurance Championship last season and the 2018 and 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans.