Stewart Haas Racing Uses 3D Laser Scanning to Win Races

Stewart Haas Racing is an American racing team, co-owned by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart and Haas Automation founder Gene Haas. They won no less than 12 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in 2018. The racing team has leveraged 3D Systems’ technologies to improve its vehicle performance and, crucially, speed.

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Stewart-Haas Racing Uses 3D Laser Scanning

From an article in 3D Printing and Media Network by Tess Boissonneault

The team has utilized 3D scanning in combination with 3D Systems’ Geomagic Wrap reverse engineering software and ProX 800 3D printer to produce aerodynamic components for its race car development and wind tunnel testing. The software collects scan data from the car components, processes them and generates STL files for shape deviation comparison. 3D Systems’ Sprint software is then used to prepare and optimize the CAD data for 3D printing on the ProX 800 machine. The SLA 3D printer is mainly used to print large parts out of Accura 25 material.

“Everything we do is related to putting more speed into our cars,” said Reneau Van Landingham, aerodynamic design group manager at Stewart Haas Racing. “Our most valuable asset is time. The faster we can develop concepts that improve the performance of our cars on the track, the better. The ProX 800 plays a big role in this effort because it enables us to produce parts efficiently and accurately during this development process.”

“3D Systems’ customer-specific, application driven approach is advancing the adoption of digital manufacturing,” added Vyomesh Joshi, the president and CEO of 3D Systems. “Our innovative materials and broad portfolio of hardware and software allows manufacturers to seamlessly integrate 3D printing into their production workflows. Our world-class experience and expertise, in collaboration with our industry-leading automotive customers, results in solutions that help them design and produce parts quickly, significantly reduce the product development cycle, drive down cost, and stay ahead of the competition.”

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