EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. & REHOVOT, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS), a leader in polymer 3D printing solutions, today announced that it has been named an official partner of Toyota Racing Development (TRD). The partnership will debut 3D-printed production parts on the upcoming Toyota GR86 for the GR Cup, a new single-brand racing series sanctioned by SRO America.
“Additive manufacturing has allowed us to iterate, design and quickly create parts for our race vehicles in a way that would have been significantly more expensive or labor intensive with traditional manufacturing methods,” said David Wilson, President of TRD. “By partnering with Stratasys, we are able to advance our manufacturing practices beyond what is currently possible and fully exploit the possibilities of additive manufacturing for production parts.”
TRD extends its use of additive manufacturing from prototyping to end-use parts by integrating Stratasys Fortus® 450mc, F370 and the new composite compatible F370®CR 3D printers at their manufacturing facilities in Salisbury, NC and Costa Mesa, CA. Industrial-grade 3D printers will be used to create end-use parts, including an FDM® 12CF nylon hood vent for their new production vehicle, the Toyota GR86, as well as creating a wide range of end use parts in the TRD product portfolio. Additionally, TRD is a long-time customer of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, using various additive manufacturing technologies for prototyping. TRD will also use Stratasys Direct Services to 3D print a gripper for the GR86, using the Stratasys H350™ 3D printer powered by SAF™ technology and using durable Stratasys High Yield PA11 material.
“This new partnership represents an important moment in the evolution of additive manufacturing for high performance automotive racing applications,” said Pat Carey, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships for Stratasys. “We will partner with TRD to support their efforts as they adopt, prove and integrate additive manufacturing into their production as a prototyping, tooling and end-use parts solution for GR86 and TRD custom parts as well. .”
TRD plans to continue integrating additive manufacturing into its manufacturing processes for TRD-branded vehicles and race cars. The GR Cup, with the GR86, should start in 2023.
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Stratasys is at the forefront of the global shift to additive manufacturing with innovative 3D printing solutions for industries such as aerospace, automotive, consumer products and healthcare. With smart, connected 3D printers, polymer materials, a software ecosystem, and on-demand parts, Stratasys solutions deliver competitive advantages at every step of the product value chain. The world’s leading organizations turn to Stratasys to transform product design, bring agility to manufacturing and supply chains, and improve patient care.
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