Bloodhound Project Utilises AM
The BLOODHOUND Super SonicCar regularly features on the BBC website’s Science end Environment pages as members of the team working on the project are writing a regular diary. Today’s (17 October 2011) contribution is written by Ron Ayers, BLOODHOUND’s chief aerodynamicist. It’s a fascinating insight into the processes the engineers are working through in order to reach the goal of building a 1000 mph car.
Ron Ayers reports that: “The BLOODHOUND team is now routinely employing Additive Manufacture (AM) techniques to make components. AM creates shapes using three-dimensional printers and can be vastly more economic than machining components from solid metal. It used to be known as Rapid Prototyping, but the technique has now developed to the point where it can be routinely used for component manufacture.”
The whole feature makes a great read and, of course, 3T is delighted to see the UK’s most prestigious engineering project capitalising on Additive Manufacturing’s many benefits. To quote BLOODHOUND’S press release:
“BLOODHOUND engineers are already designing with AM in mind and looking to utilise it in many crucial components, including:
• the steering wheel,
• the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) gearbox housing,
• the high load parachute strop brackets
• and the bolt fixtures that will hold the carbon fibre front end to the metallic rear chassis.”
The project is employing both plastic and metal AM and is showcasing the technolgy’s potential to the engineering world.