Legendary British Formula 1 team McLaren F1 has ramped up its 3D printing program with Stratasys 3D printing solutions for visual and functional prototyping, production tooling and potentially end-use parts.
Stratasys will work closely with the McLaren-Honda team as it ramps up its rapid manufacturing capacity at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, UK.
Under the agreement the latest FDM and PolyJet based 3D printing solutions and cutting-edge materials will be delivered as the team strives to make performance and productivity gains in its design and manufacturing operations.
“The ability to rapidly model, build and evaluate new components is an invaluable asset for any fast-moving and dynamic racing organisation,” said Eric Boullier, racing director of McLaren Racing.
“But our new partnership with Stratasys will not only increase our output in that area, but also allow us to dynamically explore and utilise the cutting-edge of Stratasys’ new 3D printing innovations and solutions.
“It has become clear that motorsport’s reliance on rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, and the ability to radically cut time to market, is increasing, and we look to being well served by our new alliance with Stratasys.”
Stratasys CEO Ilan Levin flew in to the Technology Centre to sign the deal, adding: “We’re delighted to be working with such a restless, visionary and ambitious partner.
“Stratasys will also gain invaluable feedback and insights from working with ultra-high performance automotive applications, which we can then apply to our mainstream automotive and aerospace customers.”