3D printing has gradually been making its way into the automobile industry. Whether it is the use of additive manufacturing to create prototypes for some of today’s most driven cars and trucks, or if it is the 3D printing of entire vehicles by companies like Local Motors, undoubtedly things are progressing quickly. While projects like what Local Motors has done, as well as another company in China called Sanya Sihai, are tremendous, other companies are finally beginning to realize that 3D printing lends quite the helping hand when trying to create, not entire vehicles, but individual custom parts for high performacce cars.
One company called Forecast 3D understands that 3D printing can be used to create fully functional products. In going with this theme, they will be bringing a race car to the upcoming RAPID event in Long Beach, California next week, which features an astounding 45 different 3D printed parts.
The Harbinger, which is a custom made race car based on the 1969 Ford Mustang and built for automobile manufacturer Agent 47 Competition Products, will be unveiled at the event. Within this beast of a car are 45 fully functional parts which have been 3D printed using just about all of Forecast 3D’s seven different additive manufacturing technologies. These technologies included SLA (Stereolithography), a Fortus FDM 3D Printer, Direct Metal Laser Sintering, RTV Casting and some CNC machining, among others. From May 19th through the 21st, Forecast 3D will have the car on display at Booth #749 in the Long Beach Convention Center.
“Working with Agent 47 on the Harbinger project has been very enjoyable and rewarding to all of us at Forecast 3D,” said Corey Weber, President and CEO of Forcast 3D. “Motorsports has always been a hobby of mine, so to be involved on a project of this scale and to see what can be done with Additive and ProCAST RTV in the custom and race car building business… to say it’s exciting is a gross understatement. I believe this is the tip of the iceberg as more and more custom and specialty vehicle shops embrace these technologies.”
The Harbinger car and the parts made for it, were put to the ultimate test in the form of the entire season of NASA’s American Iron race series which culminated with the 2014 National Championship. It passed with flying colors. Now the world gets to see all of the intricate details and enhancements that 3D printing was able to provide for this stunning vehicle.
Be sure to check out some photos of the amazing 3D printed parts provided to us by Forcast3D, as well as the car in action below. What do you think of this unique race car? Do you plan on attending next week’s RAPID event? Discuss in the Harbinger Race Car Forum thread on 3DPB.com.