Is 3D Printing Tough Enough for Track Duty? Nissan Motorsport and evok3d know it is!

Off the back of our hugely successful Manufacturing the Future: 3D Printing 2.0 seminars held recently, 3D Systems asked us to present to a global audience through their webinar platform and we were happy to oblige.

Nissan Motorsports runs several cars in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship, the premier motorsport category in Australasia and one of Australia’s biggest sports. The team partnered with Melbourne-based evok3d to use 3D Systems printers to manufacture parts for their heavily modified Nissan Altimas, saving them the time and expense of making tooling to make parts.

Nismo 3D prints the specialized ducting necessary to keep their drivers cool, which is critical with interior temperatures reaching 50° C (122° F). To print these parts, they’re using the ProJet 3510 with VisiJet M3 Black material, which they have found performs as well as injection-molded ducting.

But that’s not all — they’re using 3D printing to make prototypes as well as rapid tooling for parts that can’t be directly 3D printed, such as carbon fiber components.

Join Perry Kapper, Chief Designer at Nissan Motorsports, and Joe Carmody, Managing Director of evok3d, as they explain how they’re working with 3D Systems to Manufacture The Future.

 

evok3d features on Nissan Nismo Insider

evok3d is the subject of the latest Nissan Nismo Insider video (Season 2, Episode 17). Special guest host James Moffat chats with evok3d founder and Managing Director Joe Carmody, taking a closer look at the in-house 3D printing center at the Nissan Motorsport headquarters. Chief designer Perry Kapper also shares some insight into how the race team is using these facilities for rapid prototyping to improve design and manufacture of parts  for testing, helping to give the drivers a competitive edge.

Check out the video below and if you have parts you need printed or are in the market for a 3D printer yourself we would love to hear from you.

The first ‘official’ 3D printed GoPro accessory?

Those of us fortunate enough to own a GoPro are aware how great they are, especially with the array of fittings and accessories available to attach them to stuff. Those of us fortunate enough to own (or have access to) a 3D printer are probably also aware of the myriad of unofficial GoPro accessories that can be found on the net for download and local fabrication. As one of those people I admit to having made my fair share of parts, all custom designed bits you can’t get from GoPro mind you.

Naturally, because of copyright none of these maker-made designs can have GoPro branding. With one exception – ours.

Thanks to our working relationship with Nissan Motorsport we had an interesting request from one of the drivers. The famous Rick Kelly (and his dog) dropped by and asked if we could print some drink bottle lids – but not any ordinary spill stoppers, these were a bit special. You see, Rick’s personal sponsor is none other than GoPro.

Previously Rick and the race team had been strapping cameras to their bottles rather awkwardly with the standard double sided tape and curved mount bracket, but that was never going to work in the long run. Enter talented engineer and chief designer Perry Kapper who took the original lid and reproduced it in a CAD package, but incorporated the official GoPro branding and camera mount on the top. We ran 8 of these off in one shot on our fantastic high definition ProJet 3500HD Max and the results were brilliant.

Here’s some detailed shots of the final product.

GoPro camera mounted to custom designed 3D printed lid
GoPro camera mounted to custom designed 3D printed lid
Detail showing standard clip in GoPro mount and branding
Detail showing standard clip in GoPro mount and branding

So there you have it. Could these be the worlds first ‘official’ 3D printed GoPro mounts? We certainly think so, but unlike all the unofficial ones, you won’t be finding the model for these on the net any time soon.

GoPro bottle in ProJect 3500HD Max
GoPro bottle in ProJect 3500HD Max

evok3d + Nissan Motorsport = Front row lockout

While we have been there a little while now, we wanted to officially announce that evok3d are proud to be an official supplier to Nissan Motorsport. Through this partnership we have co-location of high end 3D printing equipment and services onsite at the Nismo V8 Supercar headquarters in Braeside, Victoria.

The evok3d team works closely with the Nismo race engineers, utilising our ProJet Professional 3D printers to build bespoke parts that provide the team with a competitive edge. Stay tuned for further posts where we will run through some case studies highlighting some of the processes employed in the prototyping and production of parts for this exciting industry.

evok3d - official supplier to Nissan Motorsport

From this facility we also provide contract 3D printing services to all industries. If you need something 3d printed or are in the market for a machine, please don’t hesitate to contact us today with your requirements to receive a competitive quote.