Aerodynamic applications in 3d printing

Aerodynamic applications in 3d printing

Wind tunnel and aerodynamic applications 3d printing

There are no other applications as glamorous as aerodynamic and wind tunnel applications in the world of 3d printing.

Formula 1 teams have been using 3d printing technologies for many years now. They mainly use Stereolithography for the wind tunnel parts which need to have a smooth surface. They also need to be rigid so the parts will not flex when being subject to great forces. The teams will go through many iterations of a single part and cad designers will be adjusting pitch on aerofoils by as little as 1 degree at a time.

This is understandable considering the high stakes involved in such a cutting edge motor sport. With the further development of ‘Back to the Future’ style hoverboards it will be very interesting to see if the sport adopts or develops into the futuristic vision that we all see for F1. That being the hover style racing of the famous classic by Designers Republic and Psygnosis……yes I am talking of the Playstation game Wipeout. If you have never played it I would strongly advise you have a go, then again why don’t you go the whole hog and fork out a few hundred pounds for a track day session in a Formula 3 car?

FDM technology¬†has it’s own place in the aerodynamic application 3d printing. The material (mainly ABS) is stronger than SLA so if the parts are accidentally dropped or knocked then it is more likely to withstand it where as SLA on the other hand can be quite brittle. Another great advantage of FDM for wind tunnel parts is the fact that they can be made with a honeycomb infill and this is really the holy grail for many engineering parts in aerodynamics. For the structure to be light weight and strong is the two main attributes for any part in this field.

 

Small_Batch_Production_1

Small batch production

Create Small Batch Production supply chains

Minimise transport costs by using uk suppliers

When it comes to manufacturing the far east has dominated and to some extent still does. But things are changing for the better. No longer will small manufacturers into research and development need to source their components from china and Taiwan etc. parts can now be bought at much less cost from uk 3d printing firms such as magicmodel who are specialising in producing and manufacturing small batches of hard plastic parts. Accuracy is never going to match that of a precision CNC or injection moulded part but it is a great accessible solution for proof of concept. At magicmodel we encourage our customers to try one before committing to a small batch of say 50-100. This way our customer is able to test their design with very little to no collateral damage.

 

Check out our instagram page for some great small batch run projects, especially SMOOGA

Magicmodel_Small_batch_production

3d printing technologies comparison

A comparison between 3d printing technologies Which technology is the best – SLS vs FDM There is currently a lot of grey areas surrounding 3d printing technologies comparison. Although sls technology in nice white strong nylon is good for most ‘hand held’ sized prototypes it can be very rough for finishing. In fact you cant […]

Character high resolution 3dprint

High resolution versus low resolution. Magicmodel 3dprinters are capable of producing parts in 2 resolutions. If you require a quick turnaround and your part is quite big ie 150mm x 150mm x 150mm say then you ought to opt for the low resolution at 0.25mm per layer. This is pretty much the default for most […]

STL File Generation

STL File Generation Having trouble creating a good resolution STL file generation for print? Don’t worry we are here to help. With 15 years of experience in this field there is no excuse for a badly faceted STL file, therefore you get the highest quality part. We use Netfabb Studio to repair our STL files. […]

Architecture in 3d Printing

Architecture in 3d Printing with Magicmodel I would never have believed that someone would actually industrialise Adrian Bowers reprap machine into one that can build a house! Yes a house. Check out the link to this guys page who made a lovely job of his new castle. Wow, Cinderella would be proud! Thing is with […]

3D Printing UK

Have you ever thought about designing your own product? Do you have a great idea that you might take to show the dragons? Well you have landed on the right page. With Magicmodel 3d printing service you will be able to take your ideas and turn them into a reality. Hold your parts in your […]

Time Compression Technologies

Time Compression Technologies Would you like to get your product to market quickly? If the answer is yes then our 3dprinting service can help you to achieve your vision. #productdesign In commerce, time to market (TTM) is the length of time it takes from a product being conceived until its being available for sale. TTM […]

Low Cost 3D Printing and Prototyping

Welcome to the world of affordable 3d printing and prototyping. Is your local rapid prototyping service bureau eating into your annual budget? Then why not try us out. We are experienced and friendly but best of all our parts are of great quality. Please don’t hesitate, order your part now at UPLOAD DATA You will […]