In the world of Formula One Racing every split-second counts and vehicles therefore need to be equipped with the latest technology. If a race car does not respond as soon as possible, then in some cases this could lead to losing the game or even crashing a car. A proper technological advancement could lead to a relatively faster car with a better driver response time. To cut a long story short: technological developments are essential for the field of racing. 3D printing could therefore be the next step for Formula One.
So said a spokesperson at Red Bull Racing to TrustedReviews.com. The official told the website the following:
“3D printing is definitely the future of F1. We could get to a point where we can print out a new front wing at the track if we’ve damaged one.”
Well, that’s an interesting view, considering the fact that 3D printers today have the speed of a snail. However, there are pessimists and there are dreamers, and dreamers can be interesting. In a short period of time 3D printers could have increased their speed massively and possibly they could one day even be used during races. They do get faster each year and will probably continue to do so.
Red Bull Racing is already using 3D printing technology today for the development of their cars. The technique is being used to create test parts for their cars, which saves the company a load of cash compared to using traditional manufacturing ways. While they normally would have to use relatively expensive carbon fiber, 3D printers are able to do it in a much cheaper way. Red Bull Racing would like to find a way to easily 3D print more robust materials, so they could start to use 3D printers on a wider scale.
In other words: Red Bull Racing thinks 3D printing is the future of Formula One. Exciting times for Formula One, which are not at all about racing. Yes, that’s possible.
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