Space-grade quality

It does not come as a surprise that a Formula 1 racecar is like a small rocket vehicle – it should be fast, durable, strong and with good aerodynamics.
29 July, 2020
That is why it is crucial for car manufacturers to pay significant attention to the materials they choose for a racecar's body construction or its inner parts. Luckily, now they have aluminium alloys and 3D printing technology that сan assist them in the mission to create even more advanced vehicles.

For example, lately the governing body of Formula 1, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), has added the high-strength aluminium alloy to its regulations as an officially approved Additive Manufacturing material for use in the championship.

This aluminium-based alloy offers high mechanical properties, which are essential for racecar construction. These qualities include high tensile and yield strength when used in 3D printing. Moreover, the alloy is said to retain perfect ductility and, thanks to unique aluminium properties, it is obviously microstructurally stable and corrosion resistant.

The alloy was specifically developed for the manufacturing process based on Additive Manufacturing, which is basically the future for the vehicles' production. And we are not just talking about racecars.

The material was first created by APWORKS together with Airbus for aerospace products as it is reported to be the best option for high-performance applications due to low density and high strength. Thanks to the aluminium component, the material is ideal for production of lightweight, high-performance structural components, which can enable better mass distribution to be achieved within the F1 regulation weight limit.

Thanks to unique properties of the material, it is sure soon to find its place in other industries.
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