There’s a certain feeling you get when sitting trackside at high-speed races. The roar of the engines, the smell of fuel and rubber providing an adrenaline rush for both drivers and fans alike. It’s the sheer power of these machines that instills so much awe. And the same goes for any high-performance environment – whether it’s competitive sailing on the open seas or airplanes traveling faster than the speed of sound. There’s nothing like it. At Stratasys, we’re very proud to be right in the thick of it – and excited to announce our new Performance Partner Program and Summit.
There’s a lot that goes on before
these powerful machines actually hit the track, air or water. Endurance and
elegance of design is critical - but so is aerodynamics, strength, and heat
deflection to name a few. For some years, designers and engineers of these
amazing machines have endeavored to create strong, but lightweight 3D printed parts
for both prototypes and final production.
We’ve all seen a 3D printed helmet here, a bicycle seat there. But never
before has there been a focused, collaborative group of the who’s who of these
industries -dedicated to advancing the use of additive manufacturing across
these high-performance environments.That is…until now.
Today, Stratasys is proud to officially
launch our Performance Partner Program – bringing together leaders in auto racing,
competitive sailing and next-generation supersonic travel to push the
boundaries of additive manufacturing. We’re kicking off everything today with a
first-of-its-kind event right in the heart of Speedway, Indiana. And the roster
of participants does not disappoint:
Joe Gibbs Racing
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Don Schumacher Racing
Jay Leno’s Garage
Never before has there been a collaboration
of this magnitude, featuring those actually utilizing additive manufacturing in
these extreme environments. Each is maximizing use of Stratasys Fused Deposition
Modeling (FDM) to match extreme design and manufacturing requirements. The
Stratasys range of engineering-grade 3D printers are ideal for building
advanced conceptual models, functional prototypes, durable tools and production
Many of our partners are using FDM ULTEM™
9085 for parts needing superior properties and the lowest production variance; Stratasys
ST-130 sacrificial tooling filament to aid in the production of hollow
composite parts; and FDM Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber and ASA materials to create actual
production parts, rugged tooling and advanced prototypes - matching demands for
strength and stiffness of carbon-filled composite material.
And these partners are doing some
amazing things. Over at Penske, an expanded technical partnership empowers
their engineering and manufacturing efforts for both NASCAR and IndyCar racing
platforms. This provides a tremendous advantage in production of better,
stronger and more aerodynamic race car parts – getting cars on the track
faster. With American Magic – challenger for the 36th America’s Cup
- the team is taking carbon fiber to the water raceway for high-speed, lightweight
production parts. This gives these competitive sailing yachts a sleeker, more
aerodynamic design – one that can be tested and modified from race-to-race.
These relationships are going even
further with the first-ever Performance Partner Summit today. Our partners are
converging for a full-day session to not only explore how each is capitalizing
on additive manufacturing, but get a closer look at key applications and products
to make additive manufacturing even more powerful. The intent is to create a
formal environment of collaboration as partners explore advanced approaches to
get faster, become more competitive, and go farther than ever before.
The race is on…For more information
about leveraging Stratasys advanced additive manufacturing in your industrial
environment, see our Fortus 450mc
pages – or check out our case studies on Team Penske or
Don Schumacher Racing
to see what partners are achieving with Stratasys additive manufacturing.
Until the next race – we’ll see YOU
in the winner’s circle!