Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Uses Stratasys’ Fortus 450mc and F370 3D Printers

IndyCar team gains capitalizes on Fused Deposition Modeling technology for prototypes and production-grade racing car parts.

IndyCar team gains capitalizes on Fused Deposition Modeling technology from Stratasys for prototypes and production-grade racing car parts.

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is part of a group of professional racing teams empowered by Stratasys 3D printing. Image courtesy of Stratasys.

Adding a new page to its high-performance, additive manufacturing playbook, Stratasys today inked an agreement with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, which competes in the NTT IndyCar Series. The team is leveraging Stratasys’ Fortus 450mc 3D Printer—capable of printing carbon fiber-reinforced FDM Nylon 12—and F370 3D Printer as part of its manufacturing process.

The Fortus 450mc 3D Printer offers FDM Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber and ASA materials. This technology is aimed at creating functional prototypes, product components, and rugged tooling that match demands for strength and stiffness of carbon-filled composite material.

“Competitive racing is the ideal test track to demonstrate the power of FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology. At Stratasys, we provide the industry’s only tested solutions that win in high-requirement environments—again and again,” said Pat Carey, senior vice president at Stratasys in a press release. “And as racing teams consistently push the boundaries of innovation, the larger automotive and aerospace industries are taking notice. We’re pleased to prove the repeatability and reliability of our additive manufacturing solutions alongside a great partner like Arrow Schmidt Peterson.”

For almost 20 years, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has driven a winning record in IndyCar. Boasting 70+ wins, 70 pole positions and seven championships in Indy Lights—the team also found success in IndyCar with seven wins, two Indianapolis 500 pole positions and three top-five finishes in the championship points standings.

“At our core, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is committed to being the best—anytime the best is required. We’re not just aiming to win IndyCar championships and Indianapolis 500s, but sustaining excellence, from design all the way to final part production,” said Jon Flack, president, Arrow SPM in a press statement. “Stratasys is an elite partner, allowing us to transform typical manufacturing processes with 3D printing by learning on race day and implementing by the following weekend. We’re confident this collaboration will not only prove out in the shop—but produce wins on the track.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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