The McLaren Formula 1 team has announced a unique change in its equipment for the upcoming Bahrain Grand Prix: they will bring with them a 3D printer that will allow them to print some parts of the car quickly and easily when reducing the Weight of the car and make it even better.
That decision comes after the agreement reached by McLaren and Stratasys, and represents a unique application of 3D printing technology in a segment as competitive and specialized as the Formula 1. We will see if that helps the team to win positions or careers.
Perfect for rapid prototyping of parts
Those responsible for the McLaren MCL32 will take advantage of 3D printing in various parts of the car such as rear ailerons . The advantages are not only noticed on the track, but at the level of production: the manufacturing times of these pieces are reduced to days or hours instead of weeks, something that allows to check the improvements to put them into practice much more quickly.
Neil Oatley, head of McLaren development and design, explained that,the ability to test new designs quickly is critical to making the car lighter, and especially to increase the number of tangible iterations to improve performance Of the car.
The 3D printer in charge of these tasks will be the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus, which will actually be part of a complex equipment of the team, with FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) and PolyJet systems for the prototyping of new cars and parts. All help is too short to fight Ferrari and Mercedes this year.