Jul 5, 2017 | By Tess

Every summer in West Sussex, England, the Goodwood Festival of Speed brings together some of the most renowned and historic racing vehicles—including F1 racers, cars, and motorbikes—for a hill climb race. A this year’s event, which wrapped up on July 2, it was hardly a surprise that 3D printing took center stage.

Not only did Israeli aircraft manufacturer Eviation showcase 3D printed parts for its in-development all-electric commuter airplane, but the winner of the annual Goodwood hill climb shootout was awarded with an impressive and frankly stunning 3D printed trophy.

Designed by Belgian artist Nick Ervinck, the Goodwood trophy is no simple cup. In fact, it looks more like a work of art than an award. Retaining Ervinck’s avant-garde style, the trophy was inspired by a race car in motion, and was 3D printed in collaboration with 3D printing company Stratasys, which is also working with Eviation for its 3D printed aircraft.

Ervinck was chosen to design the trophy by Lord March, the host of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. As you can probably tell by looking at the vibrant and colorful trophy, it was 3D printed using Stratasys’ famous J750 3D printer, the world’s only full-color, multi-material 3D printer.

"The trophy is a very good example of the car industry. With its glossy finish, rectilinear and yet organic shapes achieved by the 3D printing…the design conveys a certain elegance," commented Ervinck.

Amazingly, the racing trophy was actually 3D printed on location at the festival, and visitors got the chance to see it being created. Stratasys had its J750 3D printer set up at the Future Lab Pavilion, an area of the festival dedicated to showcasing new automotive and aviation technologies. The trophy itself was 3D printed in a single run out of a transparent material “infused” with color.

Ervinck, who is known for his fluid avant-garde art style, also had various artworks on display at the Goodwood festival. Last year, he was also brought in to design the Gent–Wevelgem cycling race trophy, an abstract piece that was also 3D printed. Our readers might recognize his work for Stratasys, with which he’s been a partner for the last four years. Perhaps his most notable piece is “Wolfkiam,” part of Stratasys’ “The New Ancient” series.

Stratasys, for its part, is already an active part of the racing world, as it is the official 3D printing supplier of McLaren F1, a British Formula One team.

"We are honored to represent 3D printing at an event renowned and respected for its innovation," said Andy Middleton, president of Stratasys EMEA. "Presenting advances in automotive and aerospace through our collaborations with McLaren and Eviation, as well as producing the famed Goodwood trophy, our objective is to show visitors how 3D printing enables manufacturers to produce innovative ideas and designs with complex geometries easily and cost-effectively, leading to better products and accelerated product development."

So, who won the 2017 Goodwood hill climb trophy? British racer Justin Law, who was driving a Jaguar XJR 12D race car.

 

 

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