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Williams Racing enters partnership with Nexa3D to enhance additive manufacturing capabilities
Williams Racing has announced a new partnership with Nexa3D, bringing the fastest polymer 3D printing to the world of Formula One.
Nexa3D’s NXE400 ultrafast photoplastic 3D printer will be available to manufacture functional wind tunnel parts for aero testing purposes. The company’s NexaX software will enable high-performance additive manufacturing processes using modern computation architecture to develop light-weighted parts and accelerate the file-to-part process. Nexa3D’s UK partner, CREAT3D will be supporting both Williams Racing and Nexa3D on fully integrating the ultrafast technology at Williams.
With the technology, Williams Racing will be able to quickly design and manufacture complex, light weighted parts in minutes, compared to hours with traditional manufacturing, while minimizing material usage and waste. The NXE400 breaks printing speed barriers with its 20X productivity through its proprietary Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology and patented structured light matrix capable of reaching top speeds of 1Z centimetre per minute.
Al Peasland, head of technical and innovation partnerships at Williams Racing, said, “We’re extremely excited to announce our partnership with Nexa3D and look forward to enhancing our additive manufacturing capabilities with their innovative high-speed printing technologies. Formula One is a challenging environment, that demands a continuous improvement philosophy in order to remain competitive. Our partnership will enable the team to continue to push boundaries in 3D printing, and present new opportunities for Nexa3D to further advance their revolutionary technology.”
Avi Reichental co-founder, chairman and CEO of Nexa3D, added: “Our partnership with Williams Racing represents the fusion of top-tier engineering and race car performance. With its ultrafast production cycles, the NXE400 represents the Formula One of additive manufacturing at scale. Few companies appreciate speed like Williams Racing and they represent the perfect partner for our polymer 3D printing technology.”
Simon Chandler, managing director of CREAT3D, said: “As a life-long Williams Racing fan, it’s amazing for CREAT3D to be able to support both Williams and NEXA3D in bringing high-speed additive manufacturing to Formula One! And we look forward to continuing to support Williams in their ongoing elite performance engineering.”