Stratasys and McLaren Racing partner to push Formula One additive manufacturing boundaries

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Stratasys is to supply McLaren Racing with a suite of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions under a new four-year partnership agreement that sees Stratasys as the ‘Official Supplier of 3D Printing Solutions’ to the McLaren-Honda Formula One team.

This will support the ramping up McLaren Racing’s rapid manufacturing capacity at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey.

The agreement will see Stratasys supply McLaren Racing with its latest FDM- and PolyJet-based 3D printing solutions and cutting-edge materials for visual and functional prototyping, production tooling (including composite tooling) and customised production parts. This will enable accelerated delivery of parts while increasing performance and productivity in design and manufacturing operations.

Says Eric Boullier, racing director of McLaren Racing: “The ability to rapidly model, build and evaluate new components is an invaluable asset for any fast-moving and dynamic racing organisation. But our new partnership with Stratasys will not only increase our output in that area, but also allow us to dynamically explore and utilise the cutting-edge of Stratasys’ new 3D printing innovations and solutions. It has become clear that motorsport’s reliance on rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, and the ability to radically cut time to market, is increasing, and we look to being well served by our new alliance with Stratasys.”

John Cooper, commercial and finance director of McLaren Racing, adds: “We’ve already established an extremely close and fruitful relationship with the team at Stratasys, and I’m personally looking forward to expanding that relationship in the future. Stratasys’ expertise in the rapid tooling and manufacturing arena is second to none, and we firmly believe that we can forge a partnership that will prove extremely valuable to both of us.”

Says Stratasys CEO Ilan Levin: “We’re delighted to be working with such a restless, visionary and ambitious partner. McLaren Racing will be leveraging our nearly 30 years of 3D printing and additive manufacturing experience to stay at the forefront of motorsport technological development. Stratasys will also gain invaluable feedback and insights from working with ultra-high performance automotive applications, which we can then apply to our mainstream automotive and aerospace customers. Equally, McLaren Racing will benefit from the superior productivity, engineering precision and wide gamut of materials that come with our 3D printing solutions.”

Andy Middleton, Stratasys president EMEA, adds: “The speed and technological precision required to be the best in Formula One is a perfect fit for Stratasys. The two companies share a deep passion and commitment to push the technology envelope as we prepare to define the new frontier of 3D printing for Formula One. We look forward to developing a very close working relationship with McLaren, particularly between our respective application and engineering teams.”