Stratasys has announced a collaboration with Andretti Autosport as the famed racing family continues to delve into 3D printing for a variety of different requirements in racing. Although Mario Andretti retired from driving in 1994, his family name continues with son Michael (also a famed and now retired driver) as CEO, and the business headquartered, appropriately, in Indianapolis. Their company consistently performs in races like IndyCar, Indy Lights, Rallycross, and Formula E.
Andretti Autosport plans to continue their acceleration within the racing industry with the use of advanced FDM technology, along with materials specifically chosen to propel them into further wins on multiple racing platforms.
“We have been looking for the right partner to add 3D capability to our design and development activities for a while now,” said Rob Edwards, the COO for Andretti Autosport. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to establish a relationship with the industry leader, Stratasys. Since the machines were commissioned, they have been operating at capacity and we look forward to seeing the benefits of our expanded capability on the race-track in 2019.”
Stratasys is an international company that has worked with high-profile individuals and companies spanning a colorful range of industries and careers, especially in sports—featuring 3D printing in other auto racing endeavors, football, the Winter Olympics, and so much more. As Andretti aims to become even more competitive in racing, they will be using the following 3D printers: Stratasys F370 and the Fortus 450mc
“We are excited to join the Andretti Autosport family and look forward to working together in the coming years,” said Pat Carey, Senior Vice President at Stratasys. “We see that Stratasys High Performance FDM solutions are being increasingly adopted by the world’s top motorsports teams and manufacturers. We believe that our highly reliable engineering grade printers and wide choice of high-performance materials are the perfect fit for the extreme challenges our motorsport customers face.”
This news came forth today as the Stratasys team attended SOLIDWORKS 2019 in Dallas, also mentioning that as Andretti begins converting traditional parts to 3D printing in-house, the racing company will be looking toward attendance in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season for 17 rounds of competition, beginning in St. Petersburg, Florida March 10, ending in September.
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