Under a new five-year agreement, 3D Systems and the Renault F1 Team have launched an Advanced Digital Manufacturing Centre at the team’s facility at Enstone, part of the UK motorsport valley in Oxfordshire. The ADM Centre specifically concentrates on Formula 1 design and low-run production parts for the Renault F1 Team car.
The facility, which was formally launched on Friday 21 February, features four SLA 7000 Systems, an OptoForm direct composite manufacturing (DCM) system and a ThermoJetprinter. They are said to provide advanced manufacturing tools to support the aerodynamic development of Renault F1 single-seat racecars. Future additions to the ADM Centre will include 3D Systems’ SLS (selective laser sintering) systems.
‘I am extremely pleased to see our partnership with 3D Systems flourish. I have been a strong believer in this technology since its first steps into Formula 1,’ said Mike Gascoyne, technical director of Renault F1 Team UK. ‘3D Systems has been very responsive to the challenges posed by our environment. Together our engineers have worked for some time as a team to push the boundaries of this technology into real world applications.’
Gascoyne added: ‘We can rapidly make 50 of every single part you see on the car for wind tunnel testing. After wind tunnel testing we can chose the best design.
‘This gives us the ability to test more parts for the same budget, which is a huge advantage for us. Not only can we build finished components a hundred times faster, but each part is infinitely more accurate.’