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Published on April 13th, 2017 | by Geetika Bhasin

Mclaren Racing joins hands with Stratasys to add 3D printed parts to its racing car

As a result of the 4-year collaboration between Formula 1 car manufacturer Mclaren Racing and 3D printing giant Stratasys, the 2017 race car houses 3D printed parts. These parts include a brake cooling ducts, hydraulic line bracket, and a rear wing flap made with a 3D printed mold.

Stratasys will supply McLaren with 3D printing equipment worth £1 million so that the car racing company can increase the use of 3D printing in its racing models at its McLaren Technology Center in Woking. Presently, MacLaren has already integrated 3D printed components into the 2017 McLaren-Honda MCL32 F1 car. Having suffered a bad patch at the 2016 racing season, the racing team is looking up for brighter options. The 3D printing add-on is not a PR move, the company has added 3D printing into four crucial parts of the racing car. The racing car will be driven in the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship by Fernando Alonso and team newcomer Stoffel Vandoorne.

The 3D printed hydraulic line bracket, which is printed on a Stratasys Fortus 450mc FDM 3D printer, took just four hours to produce, as opposed to the two weeks that would be needed to create the part using traditional manufacturing processes.

Stratasys 3D printed the flexible radio harness location boot using its J750 3D printer. For this component, three different designs were iterated and 3D printed in one day, with the final component 3D printed in just two hours. The brake cooling ducts are 3D printed using the ST-130 soluble material. And finally, the rear wing flap was made using an ULTEM 1010 mold printed on the Fortus 900mc 3D printer.

With a revamped racing team and a great racing car this year, the Mclaren Racing team hopes to come back to the track and perform much better this season.

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