Stratasys announces a Performance Partner Program and Summit that brings together leaders from auto racing, competitive sailing and next-generation supersonic travel to push the boundaries of additive manufacturing.
The kick-off event is at Speedway, Indiana with a roster of participants including:
• Team Penske
• Andretti Autosports
• Joe Gibbs Racing
• McLaren Autosports
• Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
• American Magic
• Don Schumacher Racing
• Boom Supersonic
• Jay Leno’s Garage
• Kindigit Design
• SEMA Garage
Much design, prototyping and development goes on before the launch of new racing cars, competitive sailing ships, and next-generation supersonic travel. In many of these markets, designers and engineers endeavor to create strong, but lightweight 3D printed parts for both prototypes and final production.
The participants in the Stratasys Summit have much experience in using additive manufacturing in extreme environments. Each is maximizing the use of Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) to match extreme design and manufacturing requirements. The Stratasys range of engineering-grade 3D printers help build advanced conceptual models, functional prototypes, durable tools and production parts.
Many of these partners use FDM ULTEM 9085 for parts needing superior properties and the lowest production variance; Stratasys ST-130 sacrificial tooling filament to aid in the production of hollow composite parts; and FDM Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber and ASA materials to create actual production parts, rugged tooling and advanced prototypes – matching demands for strength and stiffness of carbon-filled composite material.
Over at Penske, an expanded technical partnership empowers their engineering and manufacturing efforts for both NASCAR and IndyCar racing platforms. This provides an advantage in production of better, stronger and more aerodynamic race car parts – getting cars on the track faster.
With American Magic – challenger for the 36th America’s Cup – the team is taking carbon fiber to the water raceway for high-speed, lightweight production parts. This gives these competitive sailing yachts a sleeker, more aerodynamic design – one that can be tested and modified from race-to-race.
These relationships are going further with the first-ever Performance Partner Summit. The partners are converging for a full-day session to explore how each is capitalizing on additive manufacturing, and get a closer look at key applications and products to make additive manufacturing even more powerful. The intent is to create a formal environment of collaboration as partners explore advanced approaches to get faster, become more competitive, and go farther.