3D printing is done sitting in labs and is set to go trackside with an F1 team at the Bahrain Grand Prix next week. McLaren Racing, the British Formula One team, is about to do something never before seen at such a sporting event. According to Engadget, the team has confirmed that as an expansion of its partnership with 3D-printing specialist Stratasys, it will 3D print “race-ready” parts for its new McLaren MCL32 car. In other words, 3D-printed parts will be produced trackside. This will help quickly integrate design modifications and reduce the car’s weight.
Parts that may go through the process trackside include carbon-fibre reinforced nylon material hydraulic line brackets, rubber-like flexible radio cables, brake cooling ducts, and rear wing flaps. 3D printing has, in most cases, reduced manufacturing time from weeks to days, or even hours. This helps while testing and readying cars for race days.