For a NASCAR team, perfecting automotive components designed to increase speed and performance is a vital ingredient for success. Stewart-Haas Racing has understood that and has decided to rely on 3D Systems’ ProX® 800 stereolithography and Figure 4® Standalone 3D printers to improve speed and performance.
Using the ProX 800, the team is able to rapidly design and produce large aerodynamic components with a smooth surface finish and precise dimensional accuracy for wind tunnel testing. The Figure 4 Standalone on the other hand serves for the direct production of TV camera, pit gun, and pit cart components along with other prototype parts.
“At Stewart-Haas Racing, it is important that we have a technical partner like 3D Systems to provide the tools we need to develop components that ultimately increase the speed of our racecars,” said Reneau Van Landingham, production manager, Stewart-Haas Racing. “The Pro X 800 and the Figure 4 printers enable us to print very large and very small, accurate, smooth-surface finish parts as quickly as possible. The speed in which we can design the component, print it, and test it in the wind tunnel is our most valuable resource to making our cars faster at the racetrack. The materials that are available for these machines enable us to print a range of prototype parts and track capable parts for our cars. I am confident that this technical partnership between 3D Systems and Stewart-Haas Racing will enable both companies to win in the additive manufacturing space and on the racetrack.”
Oqton’s Geomagic Wrap® 3D scanning and imaging software is integral to their manufacturing workflow to collect scan data from the car components, process it, and create digital design files for shape deviation comparison. Additionally, 3D Systems’ 3D Sprint® software is used to prepare and optimize the CAD data and manage the additive manufacturing process on both 3D printers.
“As part of our work within motorsports, 3D Systems understands how critical speed is — not just on the track, but in technical development to improve car performance,” said Reji Puthenveetil, executive vice president, industrial solutions, 3D Systems. [During this newly signed three-year technical partnership, we will] “combine their capabilities with the benefit of 3D Systems’ advanced materials and printing technology to develop competitive advantages for them — on and off the track.”
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