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26th July 2017, Eden Prairie, MN

Pushing design boundaries with 3D printing

Stratasys will showcase the latest developments from its ongoing partnership with McLaren Formula 1 Racing at this year’s TCT Show, which takes place from 26-28 September, at NEC, Birmingham.

In a TCT Show exclusive, Stratasys will present the 2017 McLaren-Honda Formula 1 race car, demonstrating how the race team is using Stratasys FDM and PolyJet technology across a range of applications to improve car performance, including prototyping, tooling and final part production.

3D Printing in F1

Further emphasising the collaboration, McLaren will deliver a keynote on the main stage, on 26 September, entitled, 3D Printing in F1; Accelerating Design and Manufacturing Cycles for Improved Performance.

The McLaren Honda 2017 Formula 1 Car with race-ready 3D-printed parts. © Stratasys

“In an average Grand Prix season, McLaren-Honda’s car will need an update every 15 minutes. This pace of change demands a technology that will keep up. From advanced prototyping and tooling to final race-ready 3D printed parts, Simon Roberts, Operations Director, McLaren Racing, will explain how McLaren Honda’s partnership with Stratasys enables the team to explore new applications and take innovation in F1 to a new level,” the company reports.

Expanding use of additive manufacturing

On the Stratasys stand, the company will provide visitors with an insight into the transformational value of strategically implementing additive manufacturing throughout product development. Stratasys says it will present a cross-section of high-profile customer applications, demonstrating how companies are innovating their design and manufacturing processes with 3D printing, resulting in increased efficiencies, productivity and profitability.

The company will showcase some of its most advanced 3D printers to date. “Demonstrating the power of FDM for production, the Fortus 450mc 3D Printer will be running live on stand. Thanks to a wide selection of real-engineering materials, including the newly launched Nylon12 CF carbon-filled material, the Fortus-line of 3D printers have become a household choice for the factory floor of world’s leading manufacturers for tooling and low volume production applications,” the company reports.

The full-colour, multi-material 3D printer will also return to TCT following its debut last year. With the ability to print full colour parts in multiple materials – in a single print – the J750 3D Printer has been developed to eliminate several design processes, enabling product designers to make significant time-savings during prototyping and the luxury of near instantaneous decision-making to accelerate product development.

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