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3D printing improves performance of Ferrari at Formula 1

Ferrari used 3D-printed sensor mounts to measure a new front wing on its Scuderia Ferrari F1-75. The new front wing was fitted during Friday practice for the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

During testing, laser height sensors were used to measure the inside and outside height of the front wing during pitch, roll and lift motions. The complex structures of the front wing could be taken directly from digital surfaces and easily printed and mounted using AM.

Andrew Cunningham, additive manufacturing product development engineer at General Motors, commented, “Every time I see parts like this made with AM, I think about how much labor and time is saved by not having to make them with another method, such as composite layering or machining.”

According to Cunningham, the parts were likely printed from unfilled or fiber-filled nylon using powder bed fusion (SLS or MJF) technology. This material offers a good balance of strength, stiffness, impact resistance and cost.

 

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