Additive Manufacturing Formula One Racing Team Shapes Up 3D Printing Capabilities

Editor: Alexander Stark

Germany — In order to bolster the post processing of additive manufacturing, Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen will acquire three S1 systems from AM Solutions.

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Christoph Hansen, Director of Technology & Innovation of Sauber Engineering, with Stephan Rösler, President & CEO of Rösler Oberflächentechnik.
Christoph Hansen, Director of Technology & Innovation of Sauber Engineering, with Stephan Rösler, President & CEO of Rösler Oberflächentechnik.
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With 3D printing having an increasingly profound effect on every aspect of industrial manufacturing, including that of a Formula One team, the edge given by AM Solutions helps the team have access to industrial solutions for partial to fully automated postprocessing of polymer and metal additive parts for all printing technologies.

Several 3D printed parts feature on the Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen C41, competing in the 2021 Formula One world championship, and the ability to have more precisely made parts created in an efficient and cost-effective way are to provide benefits to the team. The new S1 system for the automatic de-powdering and cleaning of small to medium sized 3D printed parts offers numerous new technical features, such as a new basket design for optimal distribution and circulation of the parts, a specially developed wear protection lining made of non-staining anti-static polyurethane, Atex conformity, and safe and ergonomic machine handling.

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen and CEO Sauber Motorsport: “Additive manufacturing is playing an ever-increasing role in Formula One and every new iteration of our race cars feature more 3D printed parts — in addition to those used in other operations of the company, from the wind tunnel models to experimental parts. The innovations brought by AM Solutions help us create parts quickly, more efficiently and with less waste, meaning we gain on time and money, two resources available in very finite amounts in our sport, while at the same time improving the sustainability of our operations. It’s all part of the marginal gains we make across every aspect of our operations as we move towards the front of the grid.”

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