1016 Industries – McLaren
As part of 1016 Industries’ ongoing quest to integrate 3D printing technologies into scaled manufacturing processes, the company has successfully completed its first phase of performance testing for its McLaren 720S with 3D printed parts.
The 1016 Industries 3D McLaren 720S prototype was originally designed to study how a range of premium automotive parts could be manufactured more efficiently. This is an exercise to take full advantage of state-of-the-art 3D printing to understand what is possible and can be improved with 3D technology.
1016 Industries is known for developing many of the most advanced carbon fiber designs to enhance both the aesthetic and performance dimensions of exotic automobiles. The company is committed to showcasing the many uses of 3D printing technology.
After 1016 Industries validated all of the design criteria for the McLaren prototype using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), the company used its 3D-printed 720S prototype for situational testing conducted in Detroit.
“During this initial test run, 1016 Industries subjected the car to various high-performance driving scenarios under general conditions, as well as rapid acceleration and deceleration, to see how much our 1016 Industries 3D printed parts could handle,” commented Peter Northrop, CEO of 1016 Industries.
He continues, “Our 3D printed McLaren 720S designs did not cause any serious breaks or cracks during field testing as we got the car up to 80 mph. Everything went incredibly well.
“In theory, 3D printing technology seemed to us to be something that could easily be applied to the automotive industry. 1016 Industries came out peppy thinking that 3D printing technology was something we could get right the first time, but the reality is far more complex.
Including 3D printing in our production processes has been a steep learning curve. However, we were encouraged by the performance of the 720S prototype. While the material has not yet proven to be suitable for a long-term prototype, our tests have shown that a car can use 3D printed technology and be drivable. To what extent is 1016 Industries working to find out now. “
The main goal of the recent driving test was to find out how durable the 3D printed 720S parts from 1016 Industries are. More importantly, 1016 Industries is researching the long-term profitability of the company’s 3D-printed parts integrated into a high-performing exotic vehicle like the McLaren 720S. Data from the introductory phase are encouraging.
1016 Industries plans to showcase its first full-body 3D kit in early 2021. The company plans to also provide direct printed tool molds for the McLaren 720S and other supercars in the near future.