3D printing Team Penske adds stereolithography to its line up of 3D printer
3D printing company Stratasys announced that Team Penske, one of the most recognisable and successful teams in motorsports, has purchased a new Stratasys Neo 800 3D printer. The system is Team Penske’s first stereolithography-based 3D printer from Stratasys and will be used to rapidly print scale model components for aerodynamic testing.
As additive manufacturing’s applications continue evolving in racing, Stratasys helps Team Penske improve race performance ahead of the competition. “We can turn ideas into parts and get them onto the racetrack faster than ever before and with greater reliability than ever before,” said Matt Gimbel, Production Manager at Team Penske. “We can now make parts in ways not possible through traditional manufacturing.”
The open materials model for the Neo printers was seen as a key benefit, along with the high quality of the surface finish and the reliability of the Neo system, Gimbel said. Enabling Team Penske to source material from any vendor gives the organization maximum flexibility in material selection. In addition, the large build volume of the Neo800 3D printer (800 mm x 800 mm x 600 mm) allows them to print larger parts with less time spent hand sanding, sectioning and joining parts together for wind tunnel testing.
“With over 500 wins, Team Penske’s commitment to excellence is unrivaled in the motorsports industry and achieving new heights of performance means constantly asking how things can be done better,” said Pat Carey, Senior Vice President of Commercial Development at Stratasys. “As one of their chief partners in additive manufacturing solutions, we are committed to providing more winning solutions tailored for the racing industry than anyone else in the industry so Team Penske can capture more checkered flags than any other racing organization in the world.”
This purchase builds on a technical partnership dating back to 2017 with Stratasys. Historically, Stratasys has provided Team Penske with a variety of FDM and Polyjet technology-based 3D printers for prototyping, tooling, fixturing, and end-use parts in cars and pit equipment.