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Creating a prototype is always a challenge, but CRP USA has increased the capabilities of 3D printing and additive manufacturing to make it easier with Windform materials.

CRP USA is located in the heart of NASCAR country in North Carolina, and specialises in additive manufacturing and 3D printing applications with Windform materials. CRP USA manufactures on-car and wind-tunnel components for racing teams. It has used this expertise to produce parts for the space (Satellite and CubeSat structures), entertainment and automotive industries using its proprietary Windform and additive manufacturing.

CRP USA is rethinking the use of additive manufacturing with Windform materials. In 2013, Windform XT 2.0 and Windform LX 2.0 were used by Kentucky Space Center to create a CubeSat that was successfully launched into orbit.

Key advantages of using Windform materials in space

  • With Windform additive manufacturing and 3D printing, applications are no longer limited by design-for-manufacturing constraints.
  • Parts production and prototypes with undercuts, complex features and internal cavities are easily produced, either in one piece or in multiple sections where required.
  • Windform reduces product cycle times, lowers time to market and realises ROI through reductions in production costs.
  • Windform produces finished beautiful parts that can additionally be plated or painted depending upon the application.
  • There are industries such as space that require tight specifications. With CNC machining it is possible to bring tolerance down to hundredths of millimetre. Windform parts can be CNC machined with five-axis milling centres and lathes in order to have complex and highly accurate features.
  • The combination of 3D printing and CNC machining speeds up the manufacturing process of the parts and saves time. The additive manufacturing technology is much faster than designing and producing a tool for injection moulding. Furthermore, 3D printing can give engineers more flexibility in the timeline to make design improvements.

CRP Group

The CRP Group is composed of six companies: CRP Engineering, CRP Meccanica, CRP Racing, CRP Technology, CRP Service and CRP USA.

The CRP Group is composed of six companies: CRP Engineering, CRP Meccanica, CRP Racing, CRP Technology, CRP Service and CRP USA.

Each company represents an example of excellence in their respective fields. From the experience of more than 40 years in the world of F1 working with top international teams, the CRP Group has great know-how in particular sectors, from additive manufacturing, to high performing CNC machining and development of two-wheel racing vehicles in both combustion engines and electric power (eCRP is the electric racing motorcycle), with the attention of service that is focused on the customer.

In particular, CRP Technology deals with the activity of additive manufacturing, operating in the field of motorsport, aerospace and aviation industry with the use of the Windform SLS materials, sold worldwide. CRP Technology is also involved in important projects of research and development where the additive manufacturing is required.

The other relevant company of the Group is represented by CRP Meccanica, the specialist in high speed CNC Machining for the motorsport, automotive and aviation sectors. CRP Meccanica carries out activites dealing with several sectors inside and outside the racing world, where the quality and the value are at the basis of its mission. Machining, welding and tooling departments are available to serve customers worldwide from simple to high complex and performing projects.

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