Inter-Faculty Project Yields 3D Printed Parts For Silesian Greenpower Racecar

- Sep 29, 2018-

3D printing has the potential to be a driving force for cars of the future.The technology has been used in car production for decades, given the exponential, more economical design and production, and the invaluable rapid prototyping;in fact, companies like BMW have been using 3D printers for more than 25 years and are continuing to invest.

Racing enthusiasts are also quick to realise the benefits of 3D printing.With their own hardware on site - or by working with others to create and make parts - those who build cars in a more DIY way can design parts, evaluate them as prototypes, and then go back to the drawing board as needed without going over budget.

In testing 3D printing processes in the creation of both the fairing and mirror casing for their car, the team used a 3DGence 3D printer with a .5 mm nozzle. Test parts were created in PLA (1.75mm), chosen due to its more environmentally friendly nature, and its ability to decompose within 18 to 24 months.The team produced 56 samples that allowed them to detect temperature, cooling rate and layer height.

The model of the fairing for back wheels of SG electric vehicle.

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