Keeping up with the competition
Developments come in at an astonishing rate and everyone wants to get the holeshot, swapping week-old parts out for new ones. Iterative processes– a virtuous cycle of thinking, creating, trying, and enhancing– are key to staying ahead of other teams.
3D printing for the win
A custom part that would have taken a month to get with traditional manufacturing methods can now be produced in a matter of days and at a fraction of the price. Technicians quickly adapt their tool arsenal to the latest parts and print brand-new, perfect-fit devices accordingly.
More importantly, engineers and designers can get creative and print geometries that were previously impossible to make, with optimal strength-to-weight ratios.
Using an MfgPro230 xS to revisit the brake system
While racing, the heat generated when hitting the brakes is dissipated via special air ducts. At pit stops, however, the heat isn’t sufficiently evacuated and can become a serious problem.
Just like electricity always finds the easiest way to reach the ground, heat naturally finds the quickest way to transfer to cooler zones. After using the brakes so much on the racing track, where vehicles can reach temperatures of up to 900°C, non-dissipated heat can cause surrounding parts to ignite.
The latter is the worst case scenario, but heat soak may also cause brake fade (when your brakes don’t work as well), and/or degrade surrounding equipment.
This is just one of the many prints that have helped RLL reach the checkered flag– Rahal Letterman Lanigan has been using XYZprinting’s 3D printing technology since 2018. It has without a doubt contributed to their driver Takuma Soto’s Indianapolis 500 win this year.
Takuma Soto at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after winning the 500-mile IndyCar race.
The XYZprinting MfgPro 230 xS.