TRD plans to continue integrating additive manufacturing into its manufacturing processes for TRD-branded vehicles and race cars.

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Stratasys, a provider of polymer 3D printing solutions, has been named an official partner of Toyota Racing Development (TRD). The partnership will debut 3D-printed production parts on the upcoming Toyota GR86 for the GR Cup, a new single-brand racing series sanctioned by SRO America.

“Additive manufacturing has allowed us to iterate, design and quickly create parts for our race vehicles in a way that would have been significantly more expensive or labor intensive with traditional manufacturing methods,” said David Wilson, President of TRD. “By partnering with Stratasys, we are able to advance our manufacturing practices beyond what is currently possible and fully exploit the possibilities of additive manufacturing for production parts.”

TRD extends its use of additive manufacturing from prototyping to end-use parts by integrating Stratasys Fortus 450mc, F370 and the new composite-ready F370 CR 3D printers at their manufacturing facilities in Salisbury, NC and Costa Mesa, CA. The industrial-grade 3D printers will be used to create end-use parts, including a 12CF FDM nylon hood vent for their new production vehicle, the Toyota GR86, as well as create a wide range of parts. end use across the TRD product portfolio. Additionally, TRD is a long-time customer of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, using various additive manufacturing technologies for prototyping. TRD will also use Stratasys Direct Services to 3D print a gripper for the GR86, using the Stratasys H350 3D printer powered by SAF technology and using durable Stratasys High Yield PA11 material.

“This new partnership represents an important moment in the evolution of additive manufacturing for high performance automotive racing applications,” said Pat Carey, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships for Stratasys. “We will partner with TRD to support their efforts as they adopt, prove and integrate additive manufacturing into their production as a prototyping, tooling and end-use parts solution for GR86 and TRD custom parts as well. .”

TRD plans to continue integrating additive manufacturing into its manufacturing processes for TRD-branded vehicles and race cars. The GR Cup, with the GR86, should start in 2023.

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