McLaren inks partnership with 3D printing specialist Stratasys


McLaren and technology company Stratasys have announced a new four-year partnership under which the specialised 3D printing company will supply McLaren Racing with a suite of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions.

3D priniting, which refers to processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object in which successive layers of material are formed under the control of a computer.

The technology has been progressively integrated into many manufacturing industries, from aerospace to healthcare, and of course the automobile industry.

Stratasys will work closely with the McLaren team as it ramps up its rapid manufacturing capacity at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.

Under the agreement, Stratasys will 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.

"The ability to rapidly model, build and evaluate new components is an invaluable asset for any fast-moving and dynamic racing organisation," said McLaren's racing director Eric Boullier.

"Our new partnership with Stratasys will not only increase our output in that area, but will 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 forward to being well served by our new alliance with Stratasys."

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