West Surrey Racing will use 3D printed parts in the 2022 British Touring Car Championship
3D printing service provider Midlands 3D entered into a technical partnership with West Surrey Races (WSR) for the 2022 British Touring Car Championship.
Parts additively manufactured in the Midlands 3D factory will be used on the Team BMW 330e M Sport race cars when they hit the grid at Donington Park on April 23.rd for the season opener.
Drawing on FDM, SLA and Multi Jet Fusion technologies, Midlands manufactures parts that are both strong and durable, while using sustainable materials such as Filamentive’s recycled filaments and HP’s high-reusability PA12 nylon to help WSR to move towards a more environmentally friendly way of working. In 2022, the British Touring Car Championship switched to hybrid power in all cars, with the incorporation of electric-hybrid powertrain technology.
Throughout the season, four-time BTCC champion Colin Turkington and teammate Stephen Jelley will use components printed by Midlands 3D. The team turned to 3D printing because of reduced lead times, increased design flexibility, and the technology’s ability to produce parts on demand.
“We are very pleased to announce this technical partnership with Midlands 3D,” commented Dick Bennetts, WSR Team Principal. “Using components produced with Multi Jet Fusion technology is a first for WSR and we are very interested in seeing how we can not only reduce lead times, but also – through the use of HP’s highly reusable PA12 – improve the durability of what we use to build and prepare our championship-winning BMWs.
“We are extremely pleased to enter into a technical partnership with WSR; one of the most successful teams in the over 60 year history of the British Touring Car Championship,” added Paul Moloney, Managing Director of Midlands 3D. “We see the BTCC as an ideal platform to showcase our capabilities and processes showing how our sustainability goal can benefit the motorsports industry. We believe WSR are perfect partners to help us achieve this. this goal.
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