Stratasys will continue to add another dimension to Team Penske.
Team Penske has agreed to a multi-year extension of its technical partnership with Stratasys, which provides 3D printing services to all Team Penske NASCAR, IndyCar and IMSA SportsCar teams.
"Stratasys has consistently contributed to our ability to reach new solutions for improving our race performance ahead of the competition," Team Penske President Tim Cindric said in a statement. "Our 3D printing strategy has always been to produce high-quality parts for our racing operations in the shortest amount of time, and the ever-evolving additive technology from Stratasys gives us confidence in our approach."
Team Penske has won 70 races and five championships since partnering with Stratasys in 2017. Over that time, Team Penske has gone from two Stratasys 3D printers to four. Three of those printers support advanced materials used primarily for tooling, fixtures, and end-use parts for cars: a Stratasys F900, Fortus 450mc, and Stratasys F370.
The team also has one PolyJet Technology-based J750 3D Printer for prototyping.
All are installed at the Team Penske facility outside of Charlotte, N.C.
Stratasys also offers advisory and technical support services aided by cloud-based GrabCAD Print software.
"All of our Performance Partners represent the highest levels of development in their industry, from auto racing to aerospace to America's Cup yacht racing, and Team Penske is truly elite," Stratasys Americas President Rich Garrity said. "You win trophies with an everyday commitment to excellence, and we're here every day for Team Penske to help them rack up another 500 wins."
Race teams also are increasingly using 3D printed parts in the cars, particularly using Nylon12 Carbon Fiber. Common 3D-printed in-vehicle parts include brackets, mounts, and applications of new designs such as the side mirrors of NASCAR cars. Team Penske also uses 3D printed parts for pit crew equipment.
Last year, Team Penske produced single-season records of 40 victories and 45 pole positions to go along with three championships across its five series of competition.