Team McLaren prints spare parts for cars «Formula-1″ on 3D printers
British racing team McLaren, which is a division of the eponymous automobile company, announced the extension of its agreement with Stratasys.
Stratasys is a manufacturer of 3D printers and related systems. According to the terms of the agreement, the team McLaren will use in their race cars, «Formula 1″ of the various parts printed on 3D printers.
Machine with the relevant parts out to the track this week during a regular stage of the championship Bahrain Grand Prix. Speaking of parts, it is worth noting that, for example, for the manufacture of small parts, depicted above, spent 4 hours. While the execution of the order on the traditional production, it is necessary to wait up to two weeks.
Flexible sheath for electric wiring printed in a couple of hours. Stratasys also supplies composite cooling ducts made of carbon fiber and adjustable rear wing for race cars.
The use of 3D printers allows not only to reduce the production of the parts, but also reduce the car’s weight.