Andretti Autosport shifts into high performance additive manufacturing with Stratasys
Enabling leaders across professional racing to gain a competitive edge with 3D printing, Stratasys has unveiled a new collaboration agreement with Andretti Autosport. A top performer in IndyCar, Indy Lights, Rallycross and Formula E, Andretti aims to leverage advanced FDM technology and materials to accelerate design and development of the team’s diverse racing platforms.
‘We have been looking for the right partner to add 3D capability to our design and development activities for a while now,’ said Andretti Autosport COO Rob Edwards. ‘We couldn’t be more thrilled to establish a relationship with the industry leader, Stratasys. Since the machines were commissioned, they have been operating at capacity and we look forward to seeing the benefits of our expanded capability on the race-track in 2019.’
Andretti joins Stratasys customers competing across a wide range of high performance sports – from professional auto racing and motor cross to the winter games – capitalising on 3D printing to accelerate design iterations, workflows and final part production. Leveraging the technology to become significantly more competitive on the track, Andretti will advance both design and production cycles using both the Stratasys F370 and Fortus 450mc 3D printers.
‘We are excited to join the Andretti Autosport family and look forward to working together in the coming years,’ said Pat Carey, Senior vice president at Stratasys. ‘We see that Stratasys High Performance FDM solutions are being increasingly adopted by the world’s top motorsports teams and manufacturers. We believe that our highly reliable engineering grade printers and wide choice of high performance materials are the perfect fit for the extreme challenges our motorsport customers face.’
Moving forward, the team – led by Michael Andretti – will continue to make significant strides in converting parts via in-house 3D printing. Andretti kicks into high gear with the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season – beginning on the streets of St Petersburg, Florida, March 10 and continues through September with 17 rounds of competition.