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Briggs Automotive Company applies Stratasys FDM 3D printing to air intake prototype

August 22, 2019 / Sam Davies

Briggs Automotive Company has harnessed Stratasys’ fused deposition modelling technology to produce a functional prototype of an air intake system for the Mono R supercar. Implementing 3D printing allowed BAC to reduce a two-week turnaround to just a few hours, enabling the company to install the airbox and move faster to carry out on-road tests to validate the design. BAC’s Mono R can reach top speeds of 170mph, generate power of over 340 brake horsepower, and reach a power-to-weight ratio of 612bhp-per-tonne. The car’s airbox is an essential cog allowing the car to register such speed and power by bringing more oxygen into the combustion chamber. In doing so, it is typically exposed to temperatures of more than 100°C, and so the end-use part needs to be made entirely in carbon fibre.