When it comes to safety, the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) design engineers don’t leave anything to chance. Thanks to a new SR-100 soluble support material used with Fused Deposition Modeling® (FDM) from Stratasys, they can now create complex carbon monoxide filter housings for their cars using polycarbonate (PC) material, which has a higher temperature rating than the previous material used.
“We are now very comfortable producing quality production parts using our Fortus system,” said Brian Levy, JGR design engineer. “We don’t worry about them melting or failing during a race.”
Joe Gibbs Racing is a premier NASCAR organization with three sponsored cars.Its engineers design and develop parts to enhance the performance of these cars, while maintaining the highest possible safety standards for the drivers. Using FDM to accelerate product development, they create concept models, functional prototypes, manufacturing tools and even end-use parts right in their North Carolina facility. The filter housing is the newest part.