Tecnun Motorsport Team Reduces Carbon Fiber Intake Manifold Weight by 60% with Stratasys 3D Printed Soluble Cores
The University of Navarra sets the benchmark for high standards in education, boasting Spain’s highest post-graduate employment rate. Part of this success is the university’s commitment to immerse students in as many real-life projects as possible. One example is the university’s Tecnun School of Engineering, whose students participate in the annual Formula Student engineering competition.
Harnessing the engineering skills acquired from their curriculum, the students compete against teams from other universities to design and build a formula race car. Tecnun’s main objective for a recent competition was to use 3D printing to increase car performance. The team quickly identi ed the design of the intake manifold as a crucial element to success and an area in which the technology could be deployed. However, according to Javier Aperribay, Technical Director of Tecnun Motorsport, manufacturing an intake manifold is no easy task.
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The Tecnun student motorsport team achieved its best nish to-date with a car featuring a part made with 3D printed sacri cial tools.
“Introducing Stratasys FDM sacrificial tooling within the production process of the intake manifold allowed us to make it from carbon fiber instead of heavier, less efficient materials.”
Javier Aperribay, Tecnun Motorsport technical director