Beam it | #TheF1Effect | Prototype Technology
From McLaren's primordial soup rise more than 400 new racing components each and every week.
Our stereolithography (SLA) prototyping facility uses a laser moving at 25m/s to heat-treat the top layer of a warm bath of liquid photopolymer resin and rapidly form new components. This sort of rapid prototyping is at the cutting-edge of technology, and enables us to build and test parts far more quickly than using conventional methods.
The vast majority of parts are destined for our aero design and modelshop departments, where they’re deployed in windtunnel model tests.
At McLaren Racing, we use more than three tonnes of resin each year – that’s a lot of parts...
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