Stratasys will provide 3D printers to Formula 1 team McLaren Racing
Formula 1 team McLaren Racing and Stratasys have signed a new four-year partnership under which Stratasys will be the official supplier for McLaren Racing with 3D printing solutions .
Stratasys will supply McLaren with its latest FDM and PolyJet based 3D printing solutions and cutting-edge materials for visual and functional prototyping, production tooling including composite tooling, and customized production parts – enabling their accelerated delivery while increasing performance and productivity in design and manufacturing operations.
“We’re delighted to be working with such a restless, visionary and ambitious partner. McLaren Racing will be leveraging our nearly 30 years of 3D printing and additive manufacturing experience to stay at the forefront of motorsport technological development. 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. Equally, McLaren Racing will benefit from the superior productivity, engineering precision and wide gamut of materials that come with our 3D printing solutions.”, said Stratasys CEO Ilan Levin.
Eric Boullier, racing director of McLaren Racing says motorsport’s reliance on rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing is increasing. “The ability to rapidly model, build and evaluate new components is an invaluable asset for any fast-moving and dynamic racing organization. But our new partnership with Stratasys will not only increase our output in that area, but also allow us to dynamically explore and utilize the cutting-edge of Stratasys’ new 3D printing innovations and solutions", stated Boullier.
The McLaren-Honda team campaigns the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship with double world champion Fernando Alonso and Belgian rookie Stoffel Vandoorne, who scored points on his race debut for McLaren-Honda, in a one-off performance at the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix.