Triple Eight Race Engineering revs up production thanks to HP Multi Jet Fusion technology

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Triple Eight Race Engineering—a.k.a. the Red Bull Holden Racing Team—is an Australian motor racing team that competes in the Virgin Australian Supercars Championship, Australia’s premier motorsport category.
The team was formed in 1996 in the United Kingdom, running Vauxhall Motors’ program in the British Touring Car Championship before expanding to Australian V8 Supercars and purchasing the Briggs Motor Sport team in September 2003.
As well as building cars for its own use, Triple Eight has also built cars for other teams and provides technical support and manufactures vehicle components for other racing teams.
THE CHALLENGE Motorsport parts need to be able to withstand the high temperatures inside the cars, which can exceed 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit). During races, cars reach speeds in excess of 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour) and generate g-forces up to 2.5 times gravity; therefore, the parts also need to be structurally fit for purpose and durable enough to endure the vibrations during an auto race.
Time and budget constraints left Triple Eight with few options for producing quality parts. Before acquiring access to HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) technology, their only option would have been to use CNC Machining to produce aluminum tooling for the molding of the steering wheel grip, but due to the poor standards of this technology and the amount of post-processing required, they wanted to find another solution.
To learn how Triple Eight Race Engineering collaborated with 3D printing solutions company and HP partner EVOK3D to use HP Multi Jet Fusion technology to produce three main pieces for a racecar steering wheel, complete the form for access to the full case study.


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