Team Penske and Stratasys Extend Technical Partnership
Team Penske has expanded its use of Fused Deposition Modeling and PolyJet Technologies for prototyping, tooling, fixturing and end-use parts in cars and pit equipment.
September 25, 2020
“Stratasys has consistently contributed to our ability to reach new solutions for improving our race performance ahead of the competition,” says Team Penske President Tim Cindric. “Our 3D printing strategy has always been to produce high-quality parts for our racing operations in the shortest amount of time, and the ever-evolving additive technology from Stratasys gives us confidence in our approach.”
Team Penske and Stratasys have worked together through five championships and more than 70 race wins since their relationship started in 2017. In that time, Team Penske has gone from two Stratasys 3D printers to four.
The company now has three FDM 3D printers supporting advanced materials—a Stratasys F900, Fortus 450mc and Stratasys F370—primarily for tooling, fixtures and end-use parts for cars. The team also has one PolyJet Technology-based J750 3D Printer for prototyping. All are installed at the Team Penske facility outside of Charlotte, N.C.
Stratasys also supports the organization with advisory and technical support services aided by cloud-based GrabCAD Print software.
“All of our Performance Partners represent the highest levels of development in their industry, from auto racing to aerospace to America’s Cup yacht racing, and Team Penske is truly elite,” says Stratasys Americas President Rich Garrity. “You win trophies with an everyday commitment to excellence, and we’re here every day for Team Penske to help them rack up another 500 wins.”
“The Stratasys partnership has allowed us to not only increase our output, but also produce parts in new materials that are immediately installed on race cars,” says Matt Gimbel, Team Penske’s production manager. “As a result, we have more design freedom and manufacturing speed to iterate faster to reach the optimum design. Ultimately we get better parts to the racetrack faster.”
Previous options to produce composite layup tooling were limited to the team’s CNC machining technology. Now, Team Penske is largely using FDM 3D printers. Race teams also are increasingly using 3D printed parts in the cars themselves, particularly using Nylon12 Carbon Fiber. Common 3D-printed in-vehicle parts include brackets, mounts and applications of new designs such as the side mirrors of NASCAR cars. Team Penske also uses 3D printed parts for pit crew equipment.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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