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Stratasys’ Dimension 3D Printer, using the company’s patented FDM technology, enabled Aston Martin Racing (AMR) to meet a six-month development schedule for its AMR-One race car, in the LMP1 class.

The company’s Dimension 3D Printer was used to mock up the chassis, driver controls and engine of the race-car, producing prototypes for concept and testing of Aston Martin’s new AMR-One.

Developed in under six months, the car will be driven by the Aston Martin Racing works team drivers in the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC).

AMR selected the Dimension machine for its rapid prototyping capabilities after seeing the speed and quality of the parts produced for the Prodrive run rally team in a previous project.

Having the machine on site helped the race team to design, test and build a complete car to meet the tight deadline for entry into this year’s ILMC.

Built from the ground up, AMR-One features a new bespoke carbon-fibre chassis, an open cockpit and a significantly downsized engine, all of which required testing during the building process.

The Dimension machine was used primarily for designing and testing the engine parts, as well as mocking up the chassis and driver controls.

This ensured high efficiency and that the new design met the 2011 regulations from the Le Mans governing body – the ACO.

The car was developed from start to finish between autumn 2010 and the end of February 2011.

Aston Martin Racing is also exploring the idea of using the 3D printer to make finished parts to bolt onto the car.

One item being considered is the front-wing splitters used for aerodynamic flow.

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