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3D printed race car heads to Birmingham’s Thinktank

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A race car which competed in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans and featured a host of 3D printed parts can be on display at the Thinktank at the Birmingham Science Museum of 28th July for six weeks. A 300 km/h DOME S103 prototype fielded by British racing team Strakka Racing, the car was in addition featured at the round the clock Le Mans endurance classic last year.

In the case of this car, 3D printing was utilized to turn it into parts for use on the track. The parts are created by Strakka via a special printing device of Stratasys.

“This project is a great example of how 3D printing may alter the way we create racing cars,” said team principal Dan Walmsley. “Strakka has shown which parts created on printing devices can be only as durable-bodied as normal pieces, but we can manufacture them faster and without expensive tooling. We may actually manufacture new parts in the garage at the track.”

Having 3D printed approximately 5% of the S103’s parts, the team behind the car has been a frontrunner in the application of 3D printing innovation in the motorsports world; of creating scale models for wind tunnel testing to parts for the actual car.

Lisa Stallard, manager at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum said, “It is rad to be able-bodied to display a race car which has had such an international impact to our Thinktank visitors this summer. Our iconic car and motorbike collections are always talked of and by displaying the Le Mans car following to them we hope visitors can enjoy seeing the contrast between the technological alters.”

“We are always looking for ways to feature how developments in the scientific world, like 3D printing innovation, can have a positive impact and invoke alter, and Strakka’s Le Mans car is a brilliant example of this taking place in the car industry,” Stallard concluded of the new new vehicle.

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