Nov 27, 2015 | By Kira
Additive Manufacturing system manufacturer EOS has entered into a three-year technical partnership with Williams Grand Prix Engineering and Williams Advanced Engineering to provide Williams with direct and high-level additive manufacturing technologies.The partnership will allow both EOS and Williams to demonstrate the power of industrial 3D printing within the world of Formula One, and to transfer their additive manufacturing processes and innovation into the automotive, defense, aerospace and energy sectors.
Stuart Jackson (left), Regional Manager EOS UK with Richard Brady, Advanced Digital Manufacturing Leader, WilliamsF1 in front of the EOSINT P 760 system (Source: EOS).
As part of this technnical partnership agreement, Williams has installed a new EOSINT P 760 machine, one of EOS’ highly productive, modular plastic additive manufacturing machines with a building volume of 700 x 380 x 580 mm. The EOSINT P 760 offers expanded productivity and increased part sizes for the manufacturing of polymer parts.
In addition to the EOSINT P 760, Williams already owns and operates two other polymer EOS systems. It in standard production processes, the engineering firm uses two EOS polymer materials: Alumide and Carbonmide. The former is predominantly used to create stable parts for functional testing, ranging from engine ancillaries and complete gearbox assemblies for mock-ups, to jigs and fixtures for laminate production. Carbonmide, on the other hand, is used to produce parts on Formula One cars in conjunction with composite laminates where improved strength is required.
Well known within the motorsports world, Williams Grand Prix Engineering is currently racing in Formula 1 as Williams Martini Racing, a British motor racing team and constructor. Alongside high profile names like Ferrari and Renault, Williams is one of a group of just five teams that won every Constructors’ Championship between 1979 and 2008, and every Drivers’ Championship from 1984-2008. Undoubtedly, much of their success comes from the highly advanced technical innovation, engineering, testing and manufacturing of Williams Advanced Engineering.
As part of its mission, Williams Advanced Engineering takes technology originally developed for Formula One and adapts it for commercial applications. It is also dedicated to creating energy efficient performance to meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century, an area where additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies are expected to excel.
“Through its Williams Advanced Engineering business, Williams provides technical innovation that transfers Formula One technology solutions focusing on sustainability and energy efficiency to mainstream industries such as automotive, motorsport, transport, energy and other sectors. As such, the partnership is a perfect fit for us as we truly believe that all parties involved will benefit highly from this interchange of ideas,” said Stuart Jackson, Regional Manager at EOS for the UK. “The partnership will allow EOS and Williams to jointly expose selected customers to the world of Formula One with the aim of illustrating the use of AM in this technically advanced industry.”
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