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Andretti Autosport applies Stratasys 3D printing to components development

Andretti Autosport is partnering with Stratasys to apply 3D printing systems into its development of new components for its racing cars. 

The multi-year collaboration agreement between Andretti and Stratasys builds on decades of experience in additive manufacturing technology.

Stratasys says its 3D printing machines enable leaders across professional racing to gain a competitive edge. 

The new collaboration agreement with Andretti Autosport – a top performer in IndyCar, Indy Lights, Rallycross and Formula E – aims to leverage advanced fused deposit modelling (FDM) technology and materials to accelerate design and development of the team’s diverse racing platforms.

Rob Edwards, Andretti Autosport COO, says: “We have been looking for the right partner to add 3D capability to our design and development activities for a while now.

The team at Andretti leverage the Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D Printer to speed design and development. Pictured from the team (l-r): Eric Bretzman, technical director; Michael Andretti, CEO; Aaron Marney, senior development engineer

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to establish a relationship with the industry leader, Stratasys. Since the machines were commissioned, they have been operating at capacity and we look forward to seeing the benefits of our expanded capability on the race-track in 2019.”

Andretti joins Stratasys customers competing across a wide range of high-performance sports – from professional auto racing and motor cross to the winter games – capitalizing on 3D printing to accelerate design iterations, workflows and final part production.

Leveraging the technology to become significantly more competitive on the track, Andretti will advance both design and production cycles using both the Stratasys F370 and Fortus 450mc 3D Printers.

Pat Carey, senior vice president at Stratasys, says: “We are excited to join the Andretti Autosport family and look forward to working together in the coming years.

“We see that Stratasys High Performance FDM solutions are being increasingly adopted by the world’s top motorsports teams and manufacturers. We believe that our highly reliable engineering grade printers and wide choice of high-performance materials are the perfect fit for the extreme challenges our motorsport customers face.”

Moving forward, the team – led by Michael Andretti – will continue to make significant strides in converting parts via in-house 3D printing.

Andretti kicks into high gear with the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season – beginning on the streets of St Petersburg, Florida, March 10 and continues through September with 17 rounds of competition.

Led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport boasts a wide racing portfolio rooted in tradition and designed for success.

Under the banners of Andretti Autosport, Andretti Rallycross and Andretti Formula E, the Indianapolis-based team fields multiple entries across the IndyCar Series, Indy Lights, the FIA Formula E Championship, the GT4 America Series and Americas Rallycross.

Additionally, the team competes as Walkinshaw Andretti United in the Australian Supercars category through a partnership with Walkinshaw Racing and United Autosports.

The global racing enterprise boasts four IndyCar Series championships, three Indy Lights titles, one Pro Mazda championship and one USF2000 championship, and has captured victory five times at the famed Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. Additionally, the team holds two X Games Gold Medals and four U.S. rallycross championships.

Main picture: Andretti’s No. 28 car hits the track. The company currently leverages a Stratasys F370 and Fortus 450mc 3D Printer. Photo Credit: IndyCar