Here at 3DPrint.com, we’ve been excited about next month’s Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo in Santa Clara, CA, hosted by MecklerMedia, for some time now–and one of the newer standouts at this event will surely be seen in the all-new 3D Print Vehicle Zone, a two-day exhibit allowing manufacturers to showcase their vehicular creations made possible through 3D printing technology. I know I can’t wait to stop by, as the 3D Print Vehicle Zone runs October 21-22.
Among those companies showcasing their incredible production prowess will be Carlsbad, California-based Forecast 3D. The company, which specializes in 3D printing and short-run manufacturing services with more than 20 years of product development experience in North America, will be exhibiting their championship-winning Harbinger race car. Created for Agent 47 Competition Products, a race car manufacturer, the Harbinger has a quite literal proven track record, following two seasons on the racetrack.
“Working with Agent 47 on the Harbinger project has been very enjoyable and rewarding to all of us at Forecast 3D,” Forecast 3D’s President and CEO, Corey Weber, stated. “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.”
Based on a classic 1969 Mustang TransAm, the custom-built Harbinger saw use for most of the additive technologies Forecast 3D has to offer, from FDM to SLA and DMLS production techniques, from functional parts off the printer to 3D printed molds made for final parts.
Check out this video from Forecast 3D showcasing production on the Harbinger:
Meeting Agent 47’s standards for “durable, lightweight, high heat resistant, and attractive parts for its new Harbinger Mustang,” the work from Forecast 3D delivers on all counts. Producing thermoset production plastics with the speed and low costs for which additive manufacturing is renowned, Forecast 3D hit the mark on every material property and even color and texture required for the finished race car.
“The combination of technologies, materials, and finishes enabled design verification, long term end-use testing, and most importantly high level racing. The Harbinger and its parts were tested through an entire grueling season of NASA’s American Iron race series culminating in the 2014 National Championship at Sonoma Raceway,” explained the Forecast 3D team.
With their Harbinger race car, the Forecast 3D team will be present at Inside 3D Printing Santa Clara’s 3D Print Vehicle Zone, with the company stationed at Booth #309.
Those interested in attending the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo in Santa Clara can use discount code 3DPRINT to receive a special 20% discount offered to 3DPrint.com readers. We hope to see you there!
Additional information on this event can be found in the Inside 3D Printing forum on 3DPB.com.Below are two more videos highlighting Forecast 3D’s FDM and SLA additive manufacturing production techniques used in the Harbinger race car: