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USA Luge speeds to strong finish with additive manufacturing.

USA Luge is tapping into a wide range of high-performance additive manufacturing technology to 3D print key layup and sacrificial tools used during manufacturing of carbon-fiber composite sleds. The advanced functionality of FDM enables an unprecedented level of customization not possible with standard composite fabrication – a critical success factor in racing sleds that often travel at speeds upwards of 87 miles per hour. Harnessing the power of Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing technology, the Luge team is now able to more rapidly and cost-effectively build and test customized racing sleds tailored to the body of each athlete. Join Jon Owen, USA Luge Technical Programs Manager, and David Dahl Stratasys composites engineer, as they discuss the solution that helped the USA Luge team go for goal. Jon is a former Olympian who competed in the luge games in Calgary. He was also the first athlete to test the luge, bobsled and skeleton race track in Park City Utah. Jon later became Team USA's Development Coach and is currently their Technical Program's Manager. SPEAKERS: John Owen, USA Luge Technical Programs Manager David Dahl Stratasys composites engineer Jon Owen Originally from Bethel, ME. Now living in Park City, UT. Employed by the United States Luge Association since 1992. Currently, USA Luge Technical Director and Western Regional Development Coach. 1988 Olympian, Luge, Men’s Singles (Calgary, CAN) David Dahl is an Applications Engineer in the Composite Solutions Group at Stratasys, a leader in additive manufacturing. His primary focus is to apply Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) to composite fabrication across a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, and sporting goods. He is based out of Minneapolis, MN and received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Learn more: