Using SLS in Motorsport - JOTA Sport Case Study
28 July 2023 | Sabina Gonzalez-George
Same-day 3D printed parts in Motorsport, with the Formlabs Fuse SLS System
Customer APPLICATION Story
JOTA Sport is a British sports car racing team with innovation and performance at the heart of the company’s ethos to achieve a competitive edge.
Since bringing Formlabs Fuse SLS equipment in-house, JOTA have control over their own destiny. The engineers’ approach is if a part can be 3D printed, it will be 3D printed. The race team are able to produce same-day, brackets and components for race cars, as well as pit garage tools, fixtures and fittings. They also have the ability to batch produce components in realistic time scales to meet the typically very short motorsport deadlines.
“Having SLS in-house gives us the speed and flexibility to see a problem, fix it, print it and within day or two, have a physical solution in our hands. It benefits us as an innovative race team, but also encourages us to scale up and go to market with new products to generate new revenue opportunities”
Simon Robotham, Engineer & Head of Special Operations
New 2023 Hypercar season regulations mean that all teams must have a pit lane camera to enable the regulatory body to monitor actions during pit-stops. The camera must be exactly positioned; 25° to the horizontal, in the middle of the car and 3m in the air. Positioning tolerances are exceptionally tight at 1° (2cm). There was no existing product or solution to this problem, and the fix had to be in place before the start of the season.
THE ADDITIVE SOLUTION
The solution was simple; to 3D print it. The team used their Formlabs Fuse to develop design iterations, to check tolerances and part performance. With one week of iterations, the team delivered the finished design. The race team then used their 3D printer to produce the high quality end-use bracket in just a single day.
In just 2 weeks, JOTA were able to achieve 50% return on investment.
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