Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN to enhance post-processing tasks in AM with three S1 systems from AM Solutions

Christoph Hansen, Director of Technology & Innovation of Sauber Engineering, with Stephan Rösler, President & CEO of the Rösler Group

AM Solutions, the additive manufacturing brand of Rösler, has just announced a new collaboration with Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN.

The motorsport company aims to boost the post-processing of 3D printed parts by enhancing automation, and repeatability. To achieve this goal, it willacquire three S1 systems from AM Solutions – 3D postprocessing technology.

By having access to industrial solutions for partial to fully automated postprocessing of polymer and metal additive parts for all printing technologies, the Formula One team hopes to benefit from a cost-effective way to produce 3D printed parts. As a reminder, several 3D printed parts are featured on the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C41, competing in the 2021 Formula One world championship.
Stephan Rösler, President & CEO of the Rösler Group: “We are delighted to partner with Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN in the field of post processing of additive manufactured parts. As an early adopter of 3D printing, Sauber has recognized the importance of post processing in terms of automation, cost effectiveness and repeatability in the AM production chain. Their deep knowledge and experience will help us to further improve our solutions and to increase the awareness of our still young AM Solutions brand. We will bring our decades of know-how in surface finishing combined with our tailor made solutions for the needs and challenges of AM to the track. By this partnership, we create a perfect win-win situation for two highly innovative companies, that always strive for the max.”

From a technological standpoint, it should be noted that the new S1 system dedicated to automatic de-powdering and cleaning is meant for small to midsize volumes of 3D printed parts. It offers numerous new technical features, such as a new basket design for optimal distribution and circulation of the parts, a specially developed wear protection lining made of non-staining anti-static polyurethane, ATEX conformity, and safe and ergonomic machine handling.

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG: “Additive manufacturing is playing an ever-increasing role in Formula One and every new iteration of our race cars feature more 3D printed parts – in addition to those used in other operations of the company, from the wind tunnel models to experimental parts. The innovations brought by AM Solutions help us create parts quickly, more efficiently and with less waste, meaning we gain on time and money, two resources available in very finite amounts in our sport, while at the same time improving the sustainability of our operations. It’s all part of the marginal gains we make across every aspect of our operations as we move towards the front of the grid.”

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