Formula One racing owes a lot to 3D printing, whether it’s prototyping or final parts. 3D printing can reduce the cost of prototyping and fabrication, allows for complex assemblies to be created in fewer parts, and speeds production, just to name a few of its benefits in the automotive sector.
Progressive Technology and Beta type recently learned this first-hand when they worked together on a Formula One race car, creating a proof-of-concept heat exchanger that was designed to reduce weight by taking advantage of empty spaces within the car.Progressive Technology started as a small shop providing high-end machining and engineering services to customers that included Formula One companies. It began as a CNC machining service, then started working with additive manufacturing when it merged with metal 3D printing experts Innovate 2 Make.
“We recognized the benefits of 3D printing metals to create lighter weight parts faster and on demand,” said Steve Shadwell of Progressive. “Teaming up with I2M was a great way to extend this technology and benefits to our clients. We had cultivated their trust over the years and they were thrilled to be exploring this emerging technology with us.”
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