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Formula SAE Car Utilizes Rapid Prototyping

Posted on: December 11th, 2013 by The Technology House

TTH partnered with the University of Akron’s Formula SAE racing team for their 2013 season.  The SAE racing team is composed of undergraduate students.  The students utilize their classroom knowledge to manufacture a prototype formula style racecar.  Just like in the real world, the team coordinates all the appropriate product functions such as: managing the racecar’s budget, production schedule, purchasing, design, testing, and manufacturing.

Car using rapid prototyping

Throughout this partnership, TTH 3D printed approximately 5 dozen parts through the SLA process, and some of the SLA’s were used as masters to create metal castings.  All of the printed and casted parts were used for the car’s intake manifold, heel rest, and clutch handle and mount.

Car using rapid prototyping

Additive manufacturing allowed the team to produce “one off” production at a faster rate than subtractive or formative manufacturing methods.  As a result, these rapid prototyping methods allow the team to produce intricate parts that allowed them to determine ways to reduce cost, reduce component weight, design check, and improve manufacturing efficiency.

 

Additive manufacturing allowed the team to fine tune their designs, which allowed the team to maximize the performance of their race car.  The team’s highest race finishes were:

3rd overall at Formula SAE Michigan
6th overall at Formula Student Germany
3rd overall at University of Toronto Shootout
8th at Formula Student Combustion-World Ranking

We congratulate the team on a successful 2013 season, and look forward to working with them for the 2014 season!

For more information about the team, please visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/zipsracing/

Car using rapid prototyping