McLaren F1 has changed the future of automotive components.
The team has announced they will have made a deal with 3D printing company Stratasys and will be bringing one of these printers to the track. The intention is to design, manufacture, and implement new parts for testing in real time on race weekends. This means altering the car for specific tracks to have it perform at its peak potential.
Parts such as rear wing flaps, radio cables, or brake cooling flaps can be created and put on the car in a very short time. Potentially giving the team a much needed edge in this 2017 racing season.
That’s all well and good, but our minds have turned to the everyday automobile. As we know, new technology developed on the race track often trickles down into the real world over the course of a few years. So picture this: take you car to the mechanic, and suddenly that part that would take days to order in can be printed in-house in a matter of hours.
Not a bad deal.
Image source: F1 Technical
Written by Adam Tedesco from Imagine Automotive Lifestyle Magazine