The Renault F1 Team today announced enhancements to their relationship with California-based 3D Systems (Nasdaq: TDSC), who provide solid imaging solutions to the team for both windtunnel and full-scale applications. In 2003, the Renault F1 Team...
The Renault F1 Team today announced enhancements to their relationship with California-based 3D Systems (Nasdaq: TDSC), who provide solid imaging solutions to the team for both windtunnel and full-scale applications.
In 2003, the Renault F1 Team inaugurated the Advanced Digital Manufacturing Centre (ADMC), the largest rapid manufacturing facility of its kind in Europe and the result of a unique collaboration between the two companies. The facilities currently include 4 SLA 7000® systems, plus one OptoForm and one ThermoJet® solid object printer. Now, the team is delighted to announce the addition of two Vanguard SLS® HS Systems, which were commissioned on 12 April. The selective laser sintering (SLS) systems will afford the team the ability to enhance rapid direct manufacturing capacity for the R24 race car and its successors, both in the windtunnel and in full-scale end-use applications.
SLS technology is currently in use within the cooling system, the electrical system also in some bodywork areas of the Renault F1 R24. The two new solid imaging systems at Enstone will allow the team to begin manufacturing a large quantity of parts in-house, accelerating the production process by at least 30% and bringing significant cost savings.
"The addition of the SLS system capacity to the ADMC forms part of our long term vision for rapid direct manufacturing," explained Renault F1 Team Operations Director John Mardle. "Rapid direct manufacturing has a significant role to play in the future production of our racing cars, as we look to further reduce lead times and guarantee the best possible level of production reactivity. Our collaboration with 3D Systems has already seen significant materials technology advances in the field of stereolithography, and we will now be looking to push harder and further in terms of product technology using our new SLS system capabilities."
"Understanding the importance of speed to the racing world, 3D Systems and the Renault F1 Team, partnered to create unique rapid design and manufacturing capabilities enabling the Team to dramatically reduce their design cost and time," said Abe Reichental, 3D Systems' Chief Executive Officer.
"The Renault F1 Team continually pushes the use of solid imaging technology through rigid material testing, to direct manufacturing of production parts for wind tunnel testing to the manufacturing of parts used directly on the racecar. The opportunity to work closely with innovators like the Renault F1 Team, provides us a glimpse towards a future alternative manufacturing environment for the entire automotive industry and beyond."