3D printing increases efficiency for ETSEIB Motorsport Team

3D printing is giving a Spanish university team the edge in the annual Formula Student competition.

The ETSEIB team is comprised of engineering students nearing the end of their studies at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) Spain. Working with 3D printers from local manufacturer, BCN3D Technologies has streamlined the manufacturing process.

Since 1998, the Formula Student competition, has pitted international university students against each other to produce, construct, test and then race small-scale formula style racing cars. The event is organized by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, (IMechE) to promote innovative engineering.

The team has over four years of experience in manufacturing combustion and electric cars.

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Is 3D printing the future of F1 racing?

IBTimes UK talks to key members of McLaren’s Technology Centre about the strengths and limits of 3D printing in F1.

For a motorsport as high octane as Formula 1, where split seconds are all that separates lap times and places on the all-important starting grid, speed is inevitably an important factor both on and off the track.

Yet while the technology powering the multi-million pound F1 race cars is progressing at a breakneck pace, the days, weeks, and sometimes even months it takes to design and manufacture key components is directly at odds with the hectic demands of the competition’s busy schedule.

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