Sep 11, 2018 | By Thomas

Stratasys has unveiled that Team Penske is expanding use of additive manufacturing across design and production environments to gain competitive edge in the NASCAR, INDYCAR and IMSA circuits. Additive manufacturing is used to advance car testing, prototypes and production parts, supported by advanced materials such as Carbon Fiber-filled Nylon 12.

“While drivers are focused on outperforming one another during racing season, the real competition starts weeks before with design and development in the shop. The power to deploy 3D printing early in the process gives Team Penske a tremendous advantage in the production of better, stronger and more aerodynamic race car parts,” said Matt Gimbel, Team Penske production manager. “The faster parts get on the race track, the better our team competes.”

Team Penske’s 3D printing applications include wind tunnel development, composite tooling, jigs and fixtures, engineering prototypes and race car components. Producing complex designs with 3D printing means reduced iteration cycles between creation and manufacturing to enable added speed and flexibility. One of their newest applications of Stratasys’ Carbon Fiber is lightweight mirror housings. Capitalizing on materials with high-impact resistance and stiffness, Team Penske better meets requirements of motorsport environments which focus on aerodynamic loads, vibration and mechanical stresses.

Production manager Matt Gimbel discusses the installation of a 3D printed rearview mirror housing.

3D printed composite tooling was critical to meeting the deadline for producing the new fueling probe handle.

Team Penske uses Stratasys FDM Additive Manufacturing to build stronger and more aerodynamic race car parts to compete in NASCAR, INDYCAR, and IMSA circuits.

Priced at $70,000 in the US, The Stratasys’ industrial-grade Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition is suited for customers developing tools and fixtures in industries including Automotive, Aerospace, Orthoses, Prosthesis and Medical Equipment. Stratasys will be providing an up-close look at the new carbon-fiber 3D printer at IMTS 2018 this week.

The Stratasys Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition and the Stratasys F900 Production 3D Printer are live at Stratasys Booth No. 431600 (West Building) at IMTS 2018. Attendees can also interact live with the No. 2 Team Penske NASCAR Cup Car and a range of 3D printed parts.



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