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Formula 1 team Williams Racing has announced a partnership with 3D printer manufacturer Nexa3D to produce custom polymer parts for motorsport applications.
Specifically, the racing team will be able to leverage Nexa3D’s high-speed NXE400 3D printer to manufacture functional wind tunnel components. The lightweight parts will be used to help test the aerodynamic properties of the team’s race cars, ensuring they remain competitive in the high-octane world of Formula 1. The flagship NXE400 system operates on the company’s proprietary Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology, Nexa3D’s take on resin-based 3D printing. The system boasts a 20x productivity increase over its industrial competitors, owing to its patented structured light matrix and large-format build volume measuring 275 x 155 x 400mm. By opting for the NXE400 over conventional manufacturing techniques, Williams Racing will be able to cut its production times from hours to minutes, all while minimizing material waste.
Nexa3D’s software uses process interplay algorithms to optimize the entire end-to-end 3D printing production cycle to ensure a high-level of part performance and minimal lead times. Additionally, Williams Racing will be able to integrate the program with other software tools via the platform’s APIs, which allow for generative design, automated print parameter optimization, and even ROI calculators. They say their partnership will enable the team to continue pushing boundaries in 3D printing, as well as present new opportunities for Nexa3D to further advance their technology. Hopefully these new rapid prototyping capabilities combined with Williams’ advantage thanks to the 2021 sliding scale aerodynamic development regulations should help them climb up the grid this season! So keep your eyes peeled this weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix for Nexa 3D’s logo on the new livery.
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