Stratasys to bring additive manufacturing to McLaren F1

Stratasys will supply McLaren Racing with its latest FDM and PolyJet-based 3D printing solutions and materials for visual and functional prototyping, production tooling including composite tooling, and customized production parts.

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McLaren Racing (Woking, UK) and Stratasys Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) recently announced a new four-year partnership where Stratasys will supply McLaren Racing with a suite of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions. Stratasys will now serve as the official supplier of 3D printing solutions to the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team. Stratasys will work closely with the grand prix outfit as it ramps up its rapid manufacturing capacity at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, UK.

Under the agreement, Stratasys will supply McLaren Racing with its latest FDM and PolyJet-based 3D printing solutions and 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,” says Stratasys CEO Ilan Levin.

Levin went on to say that Stratasys will also gain feedback and insights from working with ultra-high performance automotive applications, which they can then apply to its mainstream automotive and aerospace customers.

“The ability to rapidly model, build and evaluate new components is an invaluable asset for any fast-moving and dynamic racing organization,” says Eric Boullier, racing director of McLaren Racing. “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. It has become clear that motorsport’s reliance on rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, and the ability to radically cut time to market, is increasing, and we look to being well served by our new alliance with Stratasys.”

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